accursed

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj accursed under a curse
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • p. p. & a Accursed Doomed to destruction or misery; cursed; hence, bad enough to be under the curse; execrable; detestable; exceedingly hateful;as, an accursed deed.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • accursed Subject to a curse; doomed to harm or misfortune; blasted; ruined.
    • accursed Worthy of curses or execrations; detestable; execrable; cursed: as, “deeds accursed,” Collins, Ode to Fear.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Accursed subjected to a curse: doomed: worthy of a curse: extremely wicked
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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

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Pfx. à-, and A.S. cursian, to curse.

Usage

In literature:

The crowding spectres press on me, And push me forth from this accursed house.
"The Life of Friedrich Schiller" by Thomas Carlyle
Besotted dotard that thou art, accursed be the weal I have willed thee!
"The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio" by Giovanni Boccaccio
I want to be outside this accursed Castle.
"Earl Hubert's Daughter" by Emily Sarah Holt
That accursed book on the opposite shelf had destroyed all his taste for both wine and meat.
"Cousin Henry" by Anthony Trollope
She knows that she is cut off from her rightful share in the world of young people, and feels accursed.
"The Tyranny of the Dark" by Hamlin Garland
Now, with all the Orthodox boasting of thy conversion, thou art more than ever accursed in their sight.
"The Valley of the Kings" by Marmaduke Pickthall
I am glad on the whole that he has come, for the place is accursed.
"Roger Trewinion" by Joseph Hocking
They called the Europeans "men of the accursed speech," while they styled themselves "the beloved of the Great Spirit.
"The Conquest of Canada (Vol. 1 of 2)" by George Warburton
The accursed links are broken.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)" by John Roby
From hour to hour he was fluctuating between a desire to run away from the accursed borough, and the shame of taking such a step.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
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In poetry:

Sold! is it to plant the cotton,
Hoe the soil, and pick the pod?
No; to drink the demon tyrant,
Foe to man, accursed of God.
"Comparative Slavery" by Janet Hamilton
While haughty sinners die accursed,
Their glory buried with their dust,
I to my God, my heav'nly King,
Immortal hallelujahs sing.
"Psalm 104" by Isaac Watts
And as my web grows darker too,
Accursed seems this empty room;
For still I must forever weave
These phantoms by this ancient loom.
"Before The Mirror" by Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard
And she whose lips were red
Ere that accursed morning of surprise?
I kiss no more the mouth and curded eyes
Of her a fortnight dead.
"The Revenge" by George Sterling
Are there not others more accursed, whiter with
leprosies than I?
Are Abana and Pharphar dry that you come here
to slake your thirst?
"The Sphinx" by Oscar Wilde
His breath of instant thirst
Is warning of a creature matched with strife,
To meet it as a bride, or let fall life
On life's accursed.
"Earth And Man" by George Meredith

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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