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Curse (verb active)

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To Curse. v.a. [cursian, Saxon]

  1. To wish evil to; to execrate; to devote.

    After Solyman had looked upon the dead body, and bitterly cursed the same, he caused a great weight to be tied unto it, and so cast unto the sea. Knolles's History of the Turks.

    What, yet again! the third time hast thou curst me:
    This imprecation was for Laius' death,
    And thou hast wished me like him.
    Dryd. and Lee's Oedipus.

  2. To mischief; to afflict; to torment.

    On impious realms and barb'rous kings impose
    Thy plagues, and curse 'em with such sons as those.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · Knolles, Richard (44) · Lee, Nathaniel (6) · Pope, Alexander (393)

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