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accursed

[uh-kur-sid, uh-kurst] /əˈkɜr sɪd, əˈkɜrst/
adjective
1.
under a curse; doomed; ill-fated.
2.
damnable; detestable.
Also, accurst
[uh-kurst] /əˈkɜrst/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English acursed, Old English ācursod, past participle of ācursian. See a-3, curse
Related forms
accursedly
[uh-kur-sid-lee] /əˈkɜr sɪd li/ (Show IPA),
adverb
accursedness, noun
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  • The accursed critical habits,-the being called upon to judge and pronounce, must make it quite a different thing to the former.
  • The traffic might some day go the way of other accursed evils by a mighty uprising of the people.
  • The accursed rage that brought pain to thousands of the achaeans.
British Dictionary definitions for accursed

accursed

/əˈkɜːsɪd; əˈkɜːst/
adjective
1.
under or subject to a curse; doomed
2.
(prenominal) hateful; detestable; execrable
Derived Forms
accursedly (əˈkɜːsɪdlɪ) adverb
accursedness, noun
Word Origin
Old English ācursod, past participle of ācursian to put under a curse
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Word Origin and History for accursed
adj.

also accurst, early 13c., acursede "lying under a curse," past participle adjective from obsolete verb acursen "pronounce a curse upon, excommunicate" (late 12c.), from a- intensive prefix + cursein (see curse (v.)). The extra -c- is 15c., mistaken Latinism. Weakened sense of "worthy of a curse" is from 1590s. Related: Accursedly; accursedness.

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