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Curse, vb. 1) intr. to utter maledictions: Tp. I, 2, 364. II, 2, 4. Err. IV, 2, 28. Ado II, 3, 154. V, 1, 212. Mids. III, 2, 46. V, 184. H6A V, 3, 43. H6B III, 2, 319. R3 I, 3, 319 etc. “--ing cries,” R3 I, 2, 52. “c. away a winter's night,” H6B III, 2, 335. “did c. against the Volsces,” Cor. III, 1, 9.
2) tr. to load with a malediction, to wish evil to: Ven. 945. Lucr. 209. Lucr. 209 Lucr. 209 Sonn. 29, 4. Tp. I, 2, 339. V, 179. Gentl. III, 1, 146. Wiv. IV, 2, 24. Meas. III, 1, 31. Merch. I, 3, 52. John III, 1, 173 “(stand --d).” H6A I, 1, 23. IV, 3, 44. H6B III, 2, 88. H6B III, 2, 88 R3 I, 2, 80. Troil. IV, 2, 15 etc. etc.
The partic. cursed monosyll.: Tp. V, 179. Mids. V, 182. Merch. I, 3, 52. H6B III, 2, 88. R3 I, 2, 14 (Qq.). I, 3, 319 etc. Dissyllabic: Tp. I, 2, 339. John III, 1, 173. H6A V, 4, 26. R3 I, 2, 16 etc. Always of two syllables in the sense of 'hateful, abominable': “to make him c. this cursed crimeful night,” Lucr. 970. “O frowning Fortune, cursed, fickle dame,” Pilgr. 259. Wiv. V, 5, 242. Wint. IV, 3, 469. R2 IV, 147. H6A I, 3, 39. II, 2, 6. II, 5, 58. V, 4, 32. R3 I, 2, 80. Tit. V, 1, 16. V, 2, 144. V, 3, 97. Rom. III, 3, 104. V, 3, 19. Tim. IV, 3, 19. Tim. IV, 3, 19 Caes. III, 2, 181. Mcb. II, 1, 8. V, 8, 55. Hml. I, 5, 62. Hml. I, 5, 62 III, 3, 43. V, 1, 270. Oth. V, 2, 276. Per. IV Prol. 43. V Prol. 11. V, 3, 96. Cursedst == most wretched: “to make me blest or cursedst among men,” Merch. II, 1, 46.
Always monosyllabic and spelt curst in the sense of shrewish, waspish, and, in speaking of beasts, wicked: finding their enemy (the boar) “to be so curst,” Ven. 887. “she is curst; well, the best is, she hath no teeth to bite,” Gentl. III, 1, 347. “she's too curst. Too curst ist more than curst; I shall lessen God's sending that way; for it is said, 'God sends a curst cow short horns,' but to a cow too curst he sends none,” Ado II, 1, 22. “do not curst wives hold that self-sovereignty,” LLL IV, 1, 36. “I was never curst,” Mids. III, 2, 300. “nor longer stay in your curst company,” Mids. III, 2, 300 “here she comes, curst and sad,” Mids. III, 2, 300 “her eldest sister is so curst and shrewd,” Shr. I, 1, 185. “curst and shrewd,” I, 2, 70. “Katharine the curst,” I, 2, 70 “Kate the curst,” II, 187. “if she be curst, it is for policy,” II, 187 “she shall still be curst in company,” II, 187 “thou hast tamed a curst shrew,” V, 2, 188. “be curst and brief,” Tw. III, 2, 46. they (bears) “are never curst but when they are hungry,” Wint. III, 3, 135. “curst melancholy,” H4A II, 3, 49 (M. Edd. blunderingly cursed). “terms as curst, as harsh and horrible to hear,” H6B III, 2, 312. “sweet saint, for charity, be not so curst,” R3 I, 2, 49. “with curst speech I threatened to discover him,” Lr. II, 1, 67. -- Compar. curster: “curster than she? why, 'tis impossible,” Shr. III, 2, 156. Superl. curstest: “how tame a meacock wretch can make the curstest shrew,” Shr. II, 315.
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