Curse



noun
1.
the expression of a wish that misfortune, evil, doom, etc., befall a person, group, etc.
2.
a formula or charm intended to cause such misfortune to another.
3.
the act of reciting such a formula.
4.
a profane oath; curse word.
5.
an evil that has been invoked upon one.
6.
the cause of evil, misfortune, or trouble.
7.
something accursed.
8.
Slang. the menstrual period; menstruation (usually preceded by the).
9.
an ecclesiastical censure or anathema.
verb (used with object), cursed or curst, cursing.
10.
to wish or invoke evil, calamity, injury, or destruction upon.
11.
to swear at.
12.
to blaspheme.
13.
to afflict with great evil.
14.
to excommunicate.
verb (used without object), cursed or curst, cursing.
15.
to utter curses; swear profanely.
noun
1.
a profane or obscene expression of anger, disgust, surprise, etc; oath
2.
an appeal to a supernatural power for harm to come to a specific person, group, etc
3.
harm resulting from an appeal to a supernatural power: to be under a curse
4.
something that brings or causes great trouble or harm
5.
a saying, charm, effigy, etc, used to invoke a curse
6.
an ecclesiastical censure of excommunication
7.
(informal) the curse, menstruation or a menstrual period
verb curses, cursing, cursed, (archaic) curst
8.
(intransitive) to utter obscenities or oaths
9.
(transitive) to abuse (someone) with obscenities or oaths
10.
(transitive) to invoke supernatural powers to bring harm to (someone or something)
11.
(transitive) to bring harm upon
12.
(transitive) another word for excommunicate

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.

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