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Curse, subst. 1) malediction: “I give him --s,” Mids. I, 1, 196; cf. Cymb. IV, 2, 313. “the c. never fell upon our nation till now,” Merch. III, 1, 89. H6A V, 4, 86. H6B III, 2, 155. H6B III, 2, 155 H6C I, 4, 164. R3 I, 2, 69. R3 I, 2, 69 I, 3, 174 etc. etc.
2) great vexation, great drawback: “you to your beauteous blessings add a c.” Sonn. 84, 13. “'tis the c. in love, when women cannot love where they're beloved,” Gentl. V, 4, 43. Wint. II, 3, 87. H6B IV, 10, 83 etc. Abstr. pro concr.: “what can happen to me above this wretchedness? all your studies make me a c. like this,” H8 III, 1, 124, i. e. so cursed and wretched a being.
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