Word of the Day: curse

Word of the Day
March 21, 2016
curse (noun, verb)
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A woman cursing at other drivers
A curse is something that is said to cause someone misfortune or, figuratively, something that causes pain and trouble. It also means 'swearword.' As a verb, to curse means both 'to wish misfortune upon someone or something' or 'to say one or more swearwords.' In addition, it means 'to complain about something, possibly using swearwords.'


Example sentences
The witch put a curse on the whole village and they had nothing but bad luck after that.
This year, my grandma got sick, my mom lost her job, our house flooded, and then our dog died; it's like there's a curse on us!
Raphaël hit his thumb with the hammer and let out a stream of curses.
The witch cursed the young prince, and he turned into a frog.
The young man was clearly very angry and was cursing at everybody.
When Alison lost her job, she cursed the day she ever met her boss.


Words often used with curse
be cursed with: suffer from. Example: "She was cursed with two left feet and couldn't dance at all!"
be cursed to: have to do something because of a curse. Example: "The princess was cursed to sleep for one hundred years."
Additional information
If you say "John cursed" or "John cursed at someone," it means that John is using swearwords; curse in this sense is an exact synonym of the verb swear. However, in the expression "John cursed somebody (or something)," then John is specifically wishing that person or thing ill or complaining about them; if John has magical powers, it can also mean that John put a curse on them.
Did you know?
Menstruation is colloquially known as "the curse." This is sometimes assumed to be because God cursed Eve with menstruation for eating the forbidden fruit, but actually God cursed Eve with pain in childbirth. However, religions have often created taboos around menstruation, so there may be a connection. There are many other euphemisms to refer to menstruation, such as Aunt Flo (normally in the phrases "Aunt Flo is in town" or "Aunt Flo is visiting") or somebody might say she "has the painters and decorators in." These euphemisms are sometimes considered old fashioned, and many women just say "I have my period" (period is another word for the menstrual cycle).
Other forms
curser (noun)
Curse dates back to before 1050. The noun comes from the Middle English word curs and the Old English word curs, while the verb comes from the Middle English word cursen and Old English word cursian, but its precise origins are disputed.
Curse in other languages
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