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Definition of curse noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(also cuss) [countable] a rude or offensive word or phrase that some people use when they are very angry synonym oath, swear word He muttered a curse at the other driver.
  2. 2[countable] a word or phrase that has a magic power to make something bad happen The family thought that they were under a curse. compare hex
  3. 3[countable] something that causes harm or evil the curse of drug addiction Noise is a curse of modern city life.
  4. 4the curse [singular] (old-fashioned) (informal) menstruation
  5. Idioms
    a mixed blessing/a blessing and a curse
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    something that has advantages and disadvantages Wealth can be a mixed blessing. A home studio can be a blessing and a curse for a workaholic.
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