curse

Definitions

  • The princess stands, free of the curse
    The princess stands, free of the curse
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v curse utter obscenities or profanities "The drunken men were cursing loudly in the street"
    • v curse wish harm upon; invoke evil upon "The bad witch cursed the child"
    • v curse heap obscenities upon "The taxi driver who felt he didn't get a high enough tip cursed the passenger"
    • v curse exclude from a church or a religious community "The gay priest was excommunicated when he married his partner"
    • n curse profane or obscene expression usually of surprise or anger "expletives were deleted"
    • n curse an evil spell "a witch put a curse on his whole family","he put the whammy on me"
    • n curse an appeal to some supernatural power to inflict evil on someone or some group
    • n curse a severe affliction
    • n curse something causing misery or death "the bane of my life"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1649, Massachusetts's Puritan government ruled the following: "Any childe over 16 who shall CURSE or SMITE their natural FATHER or MOTHER, or act in a STUBBORNE or REBELLIOUS manner shall be put to death."
    • Curse An invocation of, or prayer for, harm or injury; malediction. "Lady, you know no rules of charity,
      Which renders good for bad, blessings for curses ."
    • Curse Evil pronounced or invoked upon another, solemnly, or in passion; subjection to, or sentence of, divine condemnation. "The priest shall write these curses in a book.""Curses , like chickens, come home to roost."
    • Curse The cause of great harm, evil, or misfortune; that which brings evil or severe affliction; torment. "The common curse of mankind, folly and ignorance.""All that I eat, or drink, or shall beget,
      Is propagated curse ."
    • Curse To bring great evil upon; to be the cause of serious harm or unhappiness to; to furnish with that which will be a cause of deep trouble; to afflict or injure grievously; to harass or torment. "On impious realms and barbarous kings impose
      Thy plagues, and curse 'em with such sons as those."
    • Curse To call upon divine or supernatural power to send injury upon; to imprecate evil upon; to execrate. "Thou shalt not . . . curse the ruler of thy people.""Ere sunset I'll make thee curse the deed."
    • v. i Curse To utter imprecations or curses; to affirm or deny with imprecations; to swear. "Then began he to curse and to swear.""His spirits hear me,
      And yet I need must curse ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: It's against the law in Willowdale, Oregon, for a husband to curse during sex.
    • n curse The expression of a wish of evil to another; an imprecation of evil; a malediction.
    • n curse Evil which has been solemnly invoked upon one.
    • n curse That which brings or causes evil or severe affliction or trouble; a great evil; a bane; a scourge: the opposite of blessing: as, strong drink is a curse to millions.
    • n curse Condemnation; sentence of evil or punishment.
    • curse To wish evil to; imprecate or invoke evil upon; call down calamity, injury, or destruction upon; execrate in speech.
    • curse Hence To put under ecclesiastical ban or anathema; excommunicate; condemn or sentence to the disabilities of excommunication.
    • curse To bring or place a curse upon; blight or blast with a curse or malignant evils; vex, harass, or afflict with great calamities.
    • curse To utter imprecations; affirm or deny with imprecations of divine vengeance; use blasphemous or profane language; swear.
    • n curse Literally, a cress: in popular use identified with curse, an imprecation, and used only as a symbol of utter worthlessness in certain negative expressions: as, “not worth a curse,” “to care not a curse,” etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Curse kurs to invoke or wish evil upon: to devote to perdition: to vex or torment
    • v.i Curse to utter imprecations: to swear
    • n Curse the invocation or wishing of evil or harm upon: evil invoked on another: torment: any great evil
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Quotations

  • Daniel Defoe
    Daniel Defoe
    “And of all plagues with which mankind are cursed, ecclesiastic tyranny's the worst.”
  • Edmund Waller
    Edmund Waller
    “Vexed sailors cursed the rain, for which poor shepherds prayed in vain.”
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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    “An orphan's curse would drag to hell, a spirit from on high; but oh! more horrible than that, is a curse in a dead man's eye!”
  • John Gay
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    “An open foe may prove a curse, but a pretended friend is worse.”
  • H. L. Mencken
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    “The curse of man, and the cause of nearly all his woe, is his stupendous capacity for believing the incredible.”
  • Samuel Davies
    Samuel Davies
    “Intolerance has been the curse of every age and state.”

Idioms

A light purse is a heavy curse - Life is difficult when you don't have much money.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. cursian, corsian, perh. of Scand. origin; cf. Dan. korse, to make the sign of the cross, Sw. korsa, fr. Dan. & Sw. kors, cross, Icel kross, all these Scand. words coming fr. OF. crois, croiz, fr. L. crux, cross. Cf. Cross

Usage

In literature:

You know that I cannot curse.
"The Arrow-Maker" by Mary Austin
He diverts the curse to the earth, but saves the person.
"Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
Limping back to his own room he cursed women in general and Meta in particular.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
No curse, but pure blessing, goes with the Gospel.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
Simon cursed himself for letting Sordello wound the young man.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
Silently, in Greek, she cursed d'Ucello and cursed the torturer.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
Let us curse no more.
"Operas Every Child Should Know" by Mary Schell Hoke Bacon
The rebels deserve, to the end of time, many curses from outraged humanity.
"Diary from March 4, 1861, to November 12, 1862" by Adam Gurowski
At this point he found his mind shifting to mademoiselle's vivid and contrasting beauty and uttered a curse.
"Louisiana Lou" by William West Winter
The story was received with a volley of oaths and curses.
"The Wild Geese" by Stanley John Weyman
Andor cursed beneath his breath, and ground his heel into the dust in the impotency of his rage.
"A Bride of the Plains" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
You cursed, murdering villain!
"Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
An' he cut me short wi' a curse.
"The Night Riders" by Ridgwell Cullum
He would have to go and get those cursed papers himself, and he had secured leave of absence from his captain.
"Mayflower (Flor de mayo)" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
They cursed the camp, the country, but more than all they cursed the black hill from which they drew their living.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
It is that most cursed Rhodes, I know it is that one!
"The Treasure Trail" by Marah Ellis Ryan
The true curse of Ireland is laziness.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
Cursing, Krenski dashed into the control cavern.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930" by Various
Curses, curses on you, murderer Gelimer!
"The Scarlet Banner" by Felix Dahn
The curse of poor old Margaret is now falling upon me, and her prophecy is coming true.
"With Ring of Shield" by Knox Magee
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In poetry:

With the farming of a verse
Make a vineyard of the curse,
Sing of human unsuccess
In a rapture of distress;
"In Memory Of W.B. Yeats" by W H Auden
Forget that he, to foil a curse,
Did, on that altar-hill,
Sun of a sunless universe,
Hang dying, patient, still!
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald
There, on the cursed tree,
In dying pangs he lies,
Fulfils his Father's great decree,
And all our wants supplies.
"Hymn 9" by Isaac Watts
So, every day I pass and see
The fence the urchin scales,
The little boy stands up in me
To curse the iron rails.
"The Child Impaled" by John Le Gay Brereton
While, fretting, I must lie alone,
Cursing the powers divine,
That undeservedly have thrown
A pearl unto a swine.
"Songs Set To Music: 18. Set" by Matthew Prior
O I have done a cursed deed
The wretched man replies,
And night and day and every where
'Tis still before my eyes.
"The Sailor, Who Had Served In The Slave Trade." by Robert Southey

In news:

Denny's on 4703 South Expressway 83 in Harlingen called a roach discovery at their restaurant both a curse and a blessing.
Ref drops curse words during Dolphins' broadcast.
Scores of Allied pilots during World War I surely muttered, "Curse you, Red Baron".
Slavery is a curse whose vestiges still remain.
A look at the archaeology of Halloween, witches and witchcraft, creatures of the night, and ancient curses and magic.
Recent research suggests that swearing — as in cursing, cussing, or unleashing any stream of invective that newspaper comics would render as furious punctuation — is something more than a reflex response to life's agonies.
Recent research suggests that swearing—as in cursing, cussing, or unleashing any stream of invective that newspaper comics would render as furious punctuation—is something more than a reflex response to life's agonies.
She couldn't talk, but she could still curse a blue streak.
Many people in Union Beach, New Jersey, curse the ocean for what it took when Sandy roared ashore.
When a police officer arrived, the man started cursing and said, "Obama is going to be president again".
Inspired by the classic Universal film that launched a legacy of horror, The Wolfman brings the myth of a cursed man back to its iconic origins.
The Everett Silvertips' Spokane Arena curse lives on.
Long-cursed South Carolina, which lost the legal right to be called USC, is No.
The Cursed Crusade is now available in North America .
Navigate the euphemisms, the idioms, the quotations, and the curses that represent us with the tabs below.
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In science:

This phenomenon known as the curse of dimensionality may be an issue for the ABC-rejection approach.
HIV with contact-tracing: a case study in Approximate Bayesian Computation
The following paragraph presents regression-based adjustments that cope with the curse of dimensionality.
HIV with contact-tracing: a case study in Approximate Bayesian Computation
We obtained the final data runs with a borrowed Innova tube which miraculously survived the curse of the light shift experiment.
Single barium ion spectroscopy: light shifts, hyperfine structure, and progress on an optical frequency standard and atomic parity violation
This leads to the “curse of dimensionality” phenomenon when d is large (see ).
Minimax Goodness-of-Fit Testing in Multivariate Nonparametric Regression
It was recently shown that one can actually lift the curse of dimensionality by using different type of regularity constraints, which are determined by the so-called “Sloan-Wo´zniakowski” norm (see ).
Minimax Goodness-of-Fit Testing in Multivariate Nonparametric Regression
The last example corresponds to an infinitely dimensional extension of the ANOVA decomposition, that was first suggested to lift the curse of dimensionality in highdimensional numerical integration (see , , ).
Minimax Goodness-of-Fit Testing in Multivariate Nonparametric Regression
The main idea here is certainly to bypass the curse of dimensionality. E.g., in population genetics, a large number of populations commonly induce more than a hundred summary statistics with the DIYABC software of Cornuet et al. (2008).
Some discussions of D. Fearnhead and D. Prangle's Read Paper "Constructing summary statistics for approximate Bayesian computation: semi-automatic approximate Bayesian computation"
Due to the curse of dimensionality, testing for conditional independence of continuous variables is particularly challenging.
Kernel-based Conditional Independence Test and Application in Causal Discovery
Inevitably, due to the curse of dimensionality, as the conditioning set becomes larger, the required sample size increases dramatically.
Kernel-based Conditional Independence Test and Application in Causal Discovery
However, density estimation in high dimensions is a difficult problem: it is well known that in nonparametric joint or conditional density estimation, due to the curse of dimensionality, to achieve the same accuracy the number of required data points is exponentially increasing in the data dimension.
Kernel-based Conditional Independence Test and Application in Causal Discovery
Kernel smoothing is known to suffer from the curse of dimensionality (e.g.
A comparative review of dimension reduction methods in approximate Bayesian computation
Breaking the curse of dimensionality in nonparametric testing.
Projection-based nonparametric goodness-of-fit testing with functional covariates
Random pro jections are becoming quite popular when dealing with high dimensional data, as a way to overcome the well known curse of the dimensionality.
A goodness-of-fit test for the functional linear model with scalar response
Breaking the curse of dimensionality in nonparametric testing. J.
A goodness-of-fit test for the functional linear model with scalar response
This partially reflects the fact that high data dimensionality is not entirely a curse as there are more data information available as well.
Two sample tests for high-dimensional covariance matrices
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