Definition of curse noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kɜːs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kɜːrs//
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  1. 1[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. The witch is supposed to have put a curse on the house. 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. Word OriginOld English, of unknown origin.
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