Definition of accursed in English:



  • 1literary Under a curse.

    ‘the Angel of Death walks this accursed house’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She plays Brenda, now a teacher who is stalked by an accursed videotape.’
    • ‘He must also save the last surviving member of an accursed royal family.’
    • ‘‘In Africa,’ he writes, ‘it is synonymous with unhappiness, with being accursed.’’
    • ‘Robinson told Doyle the tale about an accursed hound howling on Dartmoor and they went there to investigate.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘He is of the Great Old Ones… not the accursed Elder Gods!’
    • ‘The damned and accursed are convicted to the flames of hell.’
    • ‘I am accursed, and any who sees my face shares that curse.’
    • ‘My hope is that sufficient pressure will come about to halt the nefarious practices occurring in that accursed place.’
    • ‘‘You Scotland,’ wrote Perlin, ‘would have been put to the torch, your country spoilt and ruined by the English, the accursed of all Creation.’’
    • ‘Heartbreak and violence follow the camp as part of a sad, accursed tradition.’
    • ‘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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For example, Kate lost her brother, so she was the only one in her accursed family left surviving.’
  • 2dated, informal [attributive] Used to express strong dislike of or anger toward someone or something.

    ‘those accursed books!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The hurling goalkeeper is, indeed, an accursed species.’
    • ‘And so to the accursed chicken house and run and the fifth day of construction.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Unlike a regular record store, this accursed thing never closes.’
    • ‘I don't think parents would have trouble discerning if this accursed for-profit school is providing an education to create good citizens.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘People rely so much on these accursed contraptions, they have become joined at the hip.’
    • ‘Seemingly every time that I saw a shirt I liked, closer examination would reveal yet another pair of accursed short sleeves.’
    • ‘Many thanks must go then to Thomas Edison for ruining the whole hibernation ideal with his accursed light-bulbs.’
    • ‘This article is one of those accursed PDF files but if you have a high-speed connection it may be worth reading.’
    • ‘The accursed mobile phone has done what I often wished it would, and disappeared.’
    • ‘Their article on Ireland is an interesting one but it is in that accursed PDF format so I have posted some extracts here.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Bloggers block, the accursed affliction affects the best of us.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Then they went home and played the accursed thing, and second-hand shops nationwide braced themselves for the deluge.’
    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 obsolete accurse, from a- (expressing intensity) + curse.