Word Origin & History
mid-14c., from M.L. curatus "one responsible for the care (of souls)," from L. curatus, pp. of curare "to take care of." Church of England sense of "paid deputy priest of a parish" first recorded 1550s.
late 14c., from O.Fr. curacion, from L. curationem, noun of action from curare "to cure" (see cure