accurse

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v accurse curse or declare to be evil or anathema or threaten with divine punishment
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Accurse To devote to destruction; to imprecate misery or evil upon; to curse; to execrate; to anathematize. "And the city shall be accursed .""Thro' you, my life will be accurst ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • accurse To imprecate misery or evil upon; call down curses on; curse.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Accurse ak-kurs′ to curse: to devote to misery or destruction
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Quotations

  • William Shakespeare
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    “Of all base passions, fear is the most accursed.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
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    “In plain truth, lying is an accursed vice. We are not men, nor have any other tie upon another, but by our word.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. acursien, acorsien,; pref. a, + cursien, to curse. See Curse
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Pfx. à-, and A.S. cursian, to curse.

Usage

In literature:

Expel for ever the accursed enemy, that the Spirit of the Lord may descend and bless us with life and peace.
"Select Temperance Tracts" by American Tract Society
Whatever way I turn, all flee from me, accursed!
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
I could wish, though, it had befallen an accursed Mingo, rather than that gay young boy from the old countries.
"The Last of the Mohicans" by James Fenimore Cooper
If I were God, I would exterminate the accursed race like wolves.
"The Rough Road" by William John Locke
She is going to use that lump, somewhere about twenty-five thousand, I think, to find her accursed Tom.
"The Art of Disappearing" by John Talbot Smith
For how could the maiden rejoice in a marriage with her brother who was a murderer, accursed and excommunicated?
"Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
Neither she nor you ought to have seen that accursed paper.
"The Belovéd Vagabond" by William J. Locke
There were fewer and fewer of Manfred's men in sight, and more of Charles's with their accursed red crosses.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
And thou, thou viper," he cried to Rigoletto, "be thou accursed!
"Operas Every Child Should Know" by Mary Schell Hoke Bacon
That accursed scourge again in arms?
"Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
One may never even dare whisper since that accursed ray was developed.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930" by Various
Still, as if he were a woman, I loved him for this accursed indifference.
"Dwellers in the Hills" by Melville Davisson Post
We want to be rid of this accursed usurper who is draining her life blood.
"Angelot" by Eleanor Price
It is a thrice-accursed tree, mem-sahib.
"Byways of Ghost-Land" by Elliott O'Donnell
It is an accursed country in which we are living.
"The Landleaguers" by Anthony Trollope
Accursed life, where a man cannot even die without money!
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 4 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
And Namu besides, apart from this novel and accursed influence, was a good pastor, an able man, and spiritually minded.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 17 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
They looked upon him as accursed.
"Orientations" by William Somerset Maugham
In its earliest phase the Black Mass seemed to betoken this redemption of Eve, so long accursed of Christianity.
"La Sorcière: The Witch of the Middle Ages" by Jules Michelet
Would you believe it, those accursed ultramontanes have been secretly meddling in the election.
"The Progressionists, and Angela." by Conrad von Bolanden
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In poetry:

For, who forgives the accursed crime
Of dastard treachery?
Rebellion, in its chosen time,
May Freedom's champion be;
"Honour's Martyr" by Emily Jane Bronte
At Rome she wears it, as of old
Upon th' accursed hill:
By monarchs clad in gems and gold,
She goes a mourner still.
"Gunpowder Treason" by John Keble
Accursed be the love he bore,
Accursed was the force he used,
So let him of his God implore
For mercy, and be so refused!
"The Hall Of Justice" by George Crabbe
But haughty sinners God will hate,
The proud shall die accursed;
The sons of falsehood and deceit
Are trodden to the dust.
"Psalm 119 part 1" by Isaac Watts
And the stranger's feast is spread,
But it is no feast of thine;
In thine own halls accursed lips
Drain the forbidden wine.
"The Sultana's Remonstrance" by Letitia Elizabeth Landon
Accursed from their birth they be
Who seek to find monogamy,
Pursuing it from bed to bed-
I think they would be better dead.
"Reuben's Children" by Dorothy Parker

In news:

Every year around this time, I indulge in two doomed dreams: first, that my accursed Minnesota Timberwolves will find salvation in the NBA lottery.
His friends called him "Modi" but behind his back they grimly joked that it should have been "maudit" – accursed.
'Feast your eyes, gloat your soul on my accursed ugliness .'.
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