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English noun: curse

1. curse (communication) profane or obscene expression usually of surprise or anger

SamplesExpletives were deleted.

Synonymscurse word, cuss, expletive, oath, swearing, swearword

Broader (hypernym)profanity

2. curse (communication) an appeal to some supernatural power to inflict evil on someone or some group

Synonymscondemnation, execration

Broader (hypernym)denouncement, denunciation

Narrower (hyponym)anathema, imprecation, malediction

3. curse (communication) an evil spell

SamplesA witch put a curse on his whole family.
He put the whammy on me.

Synonymshex, jinx, whammy

Broader (hypernym)charm, magic spell, magical spell, spell

4. curse (state) something causing misery or death

SamplesThe bane of my life.

Synonymsbane, nemesis, scourge

Broader (hypernym)affliction

5. curse (event) a severe affliction


Broader (hypernym)affliction

English verb: curse

1. curse (communication) utter obscenities or profanities

SamplesThe drunken men were cursing loudly in the street.

Synonymsblaspheme, cuss, imprecate, swear

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)express, give tongue to, utter, verbalise, verbalize

Verb groupblaspheme

2. curse (communication) heap obscenities upon

SamplesThe taxi driver who felt he didn't get a high enough tip cursed the passenger.

ExamplesThey want to curse the prisoners

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)abuse, blackguard, clapperclaw, shout

3. curse (communication) wish harm upon; invoke evil upon

SamplesThe bad witch cursed the child.

Synonymsanathemise, anathemize, bedamn, beshrew, damn, imprecate, maledict

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)arouse, bring up, call down, call forth, conjure, conjure up, evoke, invoke, put forward, raise, stir


4. curse (communication) exclude from a church or a religious community

SamplesThe gay priest was excommunicated when he married his partner.

Synonymsexcommunicate, unchurch

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)exclude, keep out, shut, shut out

Verb groupexcommunicate


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