Definition of accursed in English:


Pronunciation: /əˈkəːsɪd//əˈkəːst/


  • 1Under a curse.

    ‘the Angel of Death walks this accursed house’
    • ‘He is of the Great Old Ones… not the accursed Elder Gods!’
    • ‘She plays Brenda, now a teacher who is stalked by an accursed videotape.’
    • ‘Robinson told Doyle the tale about an accursed hound howling on Dartmoor and they went there to investigate.’
    • ‘‘You Scotland,’ wrote Perlin, ‘would have been put to the torch, your country spoilt and ruined by the English, the accursed of all Creation.’’
    • ‘‘In Africa,’ he writes, ‘it is synonymous with unhappiness, with being accursed.’’
    • ‘I am accursed, and any who sees my face shares that curse.’
    • ‘It's like that fairy tale where vipers and toads jump out of the mouth of the accursed mean little girl when she tries to speak.’
    • ‘The damned and accursed are convicted to the flames of hell.’
    • ‘My hope is that sufficient pressure will come about to halt the nefarious practices occurring in that accursed place.’
    • ‘With the Dwarves' votes, Sauron hoped to win some of the Shire seats on the Grand Council, thereby negating any seats the accursed Men might win with Elf preferences elsewhere in Middle Earth’
    • ‘For example, Kate lost her brother, so she was the only one in her accursed family left surviving.’
    • ‘Born as a result of a curse, she lives an accursed, wasteful, unproductive life of pain and loneliness, and dies in loneliness and in intolerable agony.’
    • ‘He must also save the last surviving member of an accursed royal family.’
    • ‘With the help of an uncultured druid, he must destroy an accursed object in order to avert disaster and save his own life.’
    • ‘She is the goddess of the accursed and the damned.’
    • ‘Heartbreak and violence follow the camp as part of a sad, accursed tradition.’
    • ‘The range of subject matter is equally impressive, covering not just ghosts but all manner of paranormal apparitions: werewolves, vampires, accursed demons and the like.’
    • ‘His mind was informed and illuminated: Jesus was not, as he had thought, accursed, but was the Lord.’
  • 2[attributive] Used to express strong dislike of or anger at someone or something.

    ‘this accursed country!’
    • ‘The reason this thanks is in this separate post is because every time I add just one more sentence to the post below, I get the accursed long post error.’
    • ‘After all that, I've got through Easter with all my fingers and thumbs (despite the gloomy accident surveys) and I reckon there are only a few decades to go before I finish this accursed job.’
    • ‘The accursed mobile phone has done what I often wished it would, and disappeared.’
    • ‘And so to the accursed chicken house and run and the fifth day of construction.’
    • ‘Unlike a regular record store, this accursed thing never closes.’
    • ‘I don't know if it works, or whether it is in an appropriate RSS version, but it was free, and didn't require me to do any work other than find my accursed BlogStreet password.’
    • ‘Bloggers block, the accursed affliction affects the best of us.’
    • ‘But the last time we had car troubles was six years ago, almost to the day, when the transmission on my accursed Volkswagen Golf fell out on the Carmarthen by-pass.’
    • ‘Then they went home and played the accursed thing, and second-hand shops nationwide braced themselves for the deluge.’
    • ‘They're on a great overtime rate, they're being put up in decent hotels and have got a week away from the accursed paperwork.’
    • ‘The hurling goalkeeper is, indeed, an accursed species.’
    • ‘Seemingly every time that I saw a shirt I liked, closer examination would reveal yet another pair of accursed short sleeves.’
    • ‘I like to watch films with a fresh eye so only read enough of the review to know things were looking bad before renting the accursed thing.’
    • ‘Their article on Ireland is an interesting one but it is in that accursed PDF format so I have posted some extracts here.’
    • ‘She wants to know what is wrong with her father, who, in typical Castillian fashion, snaps at her that just because he cannot remember some accursed book does not mean he is sick.’
    • ‘This article is one of those accursed PDF files but if you have a high-speed connection it may be worth reading.’
    • ‘I don't think parents would have trouble discerning if this accursed for-profit school is providing an education to create good citizens.’
    • ‘Just this week I spent a few hours shuttling between Amazon and their accursed recommendations and my library to see what was available to borrow.’
    • ‘I decided I would scrap the accursed shed - then realised I did not know how to dismantle it and, if I managed that, how to dispose of it.’
    • ‘Many thanks must go then to Thomas Edison for ruining the whole hibernation ideal with his accursed light-bulbs.’
    • ‘People rely so much on these accursed contraptions, they have become joined at the hip.’
    hateful, detestable, loathsome, foul, abominable, damnable, odious, obnoxious, despicable, execrable, horrible, horrid, ghastly, awful, dreadful, terrible
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Middle English: past participle of accurse.