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Accursed

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Accu'rsed. part. adj.

  1. That which is cursed or doomed to misery.

    'Tis is the most certain sign the world's accurst,
    That the best things corrupted are and worst.
    Denh. Poems.

  2. That which deserves the curse; execrable; hateful; detestable; and, by consequence, wicked; malignant.

                            Some holy angel
    Fly to the court of England, and unfold
    His message ere he come; that a swift blessing
    May soon return to this our suffering country,
    Under a hand accurs'd!
    Shakespeare's Macbeth.

    The chief parts of the misery of wicked men, and those accursed spirits, the devils, is this, that they are of a disposition contrary to God. Tillotson, Sermon iv.

    They, like the seed from which they sprung, accurst,
    Against the gods immortal hatred nurst.
    Dryden's Ovid.

Sources: Denham, John (75) · Dryden, John (788) · Shakespeare's Macbeth (136) · Tillotson, John (68)

Attributes: Participial Adjective (26)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Accursed." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: February 1, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=2080.


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