• (British) IPA: /əˈkɜː.sɪd/
  • (America) IPA: /əˈkɝ.sɪd/


  1. (prenominal) Hateful; detestable, loathsome.
    • ca. 1789, William Blake, "Tiriel",
      Accursed race of Tiriel. behold your father // Come forth & look on her that bore you. come you accursed sons.
    • 1819, Walter Scott, Ivanhoe, Chapter 35,
      Lo! they are charged with studying the accursed cabalistical secrets of the Jews, and the magic of the Paynim Saracens.
    • 1885, Richard F. Burton, The Supplemental Nights to the Thousand Nights and a Night, Night 532:
      […] Alaeddin ate and drank and was cheered and after he had rested and had recovered spirits he cried, "Ah, O my mother, I have a sore grievance against thee for leaving me to that accursed wight who strave to compass my destruction and designed to take my life. Know that I beheld Death with mine own eyes at the hand of this damned wretch, whom thou didst certify to be my uncle; […]
  2. (archaic, theology) Doomed to destruction or misery; cursed; anathematized.
    • 1885, Charles Abel Heurtley (translator), The Commonitory of Vincent of Lérins, Chapter 8,
      […] —if any one, be he who he may, attempt to alter the faith once for all delivered, let him be accursed.
    • 1912, Fyodor Dostoevsky, translated by Constance Garnett, The Brothers Karamazov, Book III, Chapter 7,
      For at the very moment I become accursed, at that same highest moment, I become exactly like a heathen […]
    • 1955, J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King, Book V, Chapter 10
      We did not come here to waste words in treating with Sauron, faithless and accursed; still less with one of his slaves. Begone!
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  1. Simple past tense and past participle of accurse

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