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Topic: MAGIC

Language: Old English
Origin: curs

curse

2 noun
     
curse2 [countable]
1 a swear word or words that you say because you are very angry:
He muttered a curse under his breath.
2ROM a word or sentence used to ask God or a magical power to do something bad to someone or something:
He believed that someone had put a curse on the house.
3 something that causes trouble, harm etc
curse of
Noise is one of the curses of modern-day life.
4

the curse

old-fashioned a menstrual period
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