To Curse. v.a. [cursian, Saxon]
- 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.
- To mischief; to afflict; to torment.
On impious realms and barb'rous kings impose
Thy plagues, and curse 'em with such sons as those. Pope.