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Curse (noun)

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Curse. n.s. [from the verb.]

  1. Malediction; wish of evil to another.

    Neither have I suffered my mouth to sin, by wishing a curse to his soul. Job. xxxi. 30.

    I never went from your lordship but with a longing to return, or without a hearty curse to him who invented ceremonies, and put me on the necessity of withdrawing. Dryden.

  2. Affliction; torment; vexation.

    Curse on the stripling! how he apes his sire!
    Ambitiously sententious!
    Addison's Cato.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Dryden, John (788) · The Bible - Job (27)

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