curse Definition

  • 1a solemn utterance intended to invoke a supernatural power to inflict harm or punishment on someone or something
  • 2a cause of harm or misery

Using curse: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "curse" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The witch put a curse on him.

  • Example

    He believes that he is under a curse.

  • Example

    The curse of poverty has haunted them for generations.

curse Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for curse

Idioms Using curse

  • a blessing in disguise (or a curse)

    something that seems bad or unlucky at first, but results in something good happening later


    Losing his job turned out to be a blessing in disguise when he found a better one soon after. However, for some people, it can be a curse in disguise.

  • to end a run of bad luck or misfortune


    The team finally broke the curse and won the championship after years of losing.

  • a phrase used to express a wish that bad things will happen to both sides in a conflict


    After the argument, she shouted 'a curse on both your houses!' and stormed out of the room.

Phrases with curse

  • curse word

    a profane or obscene word


    He was scolded for using curse words in front of his grandmother.

  • curse of the pharaohs

    the belief that those who disturb the mummy of an Ancient Egyptian pharaoh are cursed


    Many people believe that the curse of the pharaohs is real and that it has caused many deaths.

  • curse of knowledge

    the difficulty of imagining what it is like not to know something that you do know


    The curse of knowledge makes it hard for experts to explain things to beginners.

Origins of curse

from Old English 'cursian', meaning 'to curse'


Summary: curse in Brief

The term 'curse' [kɜːs] refers to a solemn invocation of supernatural power to inflict harm or punishment, or a cause of harm or misery. It spans contexts from witchcraft to everyday life, exemplified by 'The curse of poverty has haunted them for generations.' 'Curse' extends into phrases like 'curse word,' and idioms like 'a blessing in disguise,' denoting a seemingly negative event that results in a positive outcome, and 'break the curse,' implying ending a run of bad luck.

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