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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 curse /ˈkɝs/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Curse v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cursed or Curst; p. pr. & vb. n. Cursing.]
 1. To call upon divine or supernatural power to send injury upon; to imprecate evil upon; to execrate.
    Thou shalt not . . . curse the ruler of thy people.   --Ex. xxii. 28.
    Ere sunset I'll make thee curse the deed.   --Shak.
 2. To bring great evil upon; to be the cause of serious harm or unhappiness to; to furnish with that which will be a cause of deep trouble; to afflict or injure grievously; to harass or torment.
 On impious realms and barbarous kings impose
 Thy plagues, and curse 'em with such sons as those.   --Pope.
 To curse by bell, book, and candle. See under Bell.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Curse, v. i. To utter imprecations or curses; to affirm or deny with imprecations; to swear.
    Then began he to curse and to swear.   --Matt. xxi. 74.
 His spirits hear me,
 And yet I need must curse.   --Shak.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Curse, n.
 1. An invocation of, or prayer for, harm or injury; malediction.
 Lady, you know no rules of charity,
 Which renders good for bad, blessings for curses.   --Shak.
 2. Evil pronounced or invoked upon another, solemnly, or in passion; subjection to, or sentence of, divine condemnation.
    The priest shall write these curses in a book.   --Num. v. 23.
    Curses, like chickens, come home to roost.   --Old Proverb.
 3. The cause of great harm, evil, or misfortune; that which brings evil or severe affliction; torment.
    The common curse of mankind, folly and ignorance.   --Shak.
 All that I eat, or drink, or shall beget,
 Is propagated curse.   --Milton.
 The curse of Scotland Card Playing, the nine of diamonds.
 Not worth a curse. See under Cress.
 Syn: -- Malediction; imprecation; execration. See Malediction.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: profane or obscene expression usually of surprise or anger;
           "expletives were deleted" [syn: curse word, expletive,
            oath, swearing, swearword, cuss]
      2: an appeal to some supernatural power to inflict evil on
         someone or some group [syn: execration, condemnation]
      3: an evil spell; "a witch put a curse on his whole family";
         "he put the whammy on me" [syn: hex, jinx, whammy]
      4: something causes misery or death; "the bane of my life"
         [syn: bane, scourge, nemesis]
      5: a severe affliction [syn: torment]
      v 1: utter obscenities or profanities; "The drunken men were
           cursing loudly in the street" [syn: cuss, blaspheme,
            swear, imprecate]
      2: heap obscenities upon; "The taxi driver who felt he didn't
         get a high enough tip cursed the passenger"
      3: wish harm upon; invoke evil upon; "The bad witch cursed the
         child" [syn: beshrew, damn, bedamn, anathemize, anathemise,
          imprecate, maledict] [ant: bless]
      4: exclude from a church or a religious community; "The gay
         priest was excommunicated when he married his partner"
         [syn: excommunicate] [ant: communicate]
      [also: curst]

From: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

    denounced by God against the serpent (Gen. 3:14), and against
    Cain (4:11). These divine maledictions carried their effect with
    them. Prophetical curses were sometimes pronounced by holy men
    (Gen. 9:25; 49:7; Deut. 27:15; Josh. 6:26). Such curses are not
    the consequence of passion or revenge, they are predictions.
      No one on pain of death shall curse father or mother (Ex.
    21:17), nor the prince of his people (22:28), nor the deaf (Lev.
    19:14). Cursing God or blaspheming was punishable by death (Lev.
    24:10-16). The words "curse God and die" (R.V., "renounce God
    and die"), used by Job's wife (Job 2:9), have been variously
    interpreted. Perhaps they simply mean that as nothing but death
    was expected, God would by this cursing at once interpose and
    destroy Job, and so put an end to his sufferings.