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accursed (comparative more accursed, superlative most accursed)
- (prenominal) Hateful; detestable, loathsome.
c. 1789, William Blake, Tiriel:
Accursed race of Tiriel. behold your father // Come forth & look on her that bore you. come you accursed sons.
1819, Ivanhoe, Walter Scott, Chapter 35:
Lo! they are charged with studying the accursed cabalistical secrets of the Jews, and the magic of the Paynim Saracens.
1885, Richard F. Burton, The Supplemental Nights to the Thousand Nights and a Night, Night 532:
[…] Alaeddin ate and drank and was cheered and after he had rested and had recovered spirits he cried, "Ah, O my mother, I have a sore grievance against thee for leaving me to that accursed wight who strave to compass my destruction and designed to take my life. Know that I beheld Death with mine own eyes at the hand of this damned wretch, whom thou didst certify to be my uncle; […]
- (theology) Doomed to destruction or misery; cursed; anathematized.
c. 1587–1588, [Christopher Marlowe], Tamburlaine the Great. The First Part , 2nd edition, part 1, London: Richard Iones, , published 1592, →OCLC; reprinted as Tamburlaine the Great (A Scolar Press Facsimile), Menston, Yorkshire, London: Scolar Press, 1973, →ISBN, Act II, scene iv:
Accurſt be he that firſt inuented war
1885, Charles Abel Heurtley, transl., The Commonitory of Vincent of Lérins, Chapter 8:
[…] —if any one, be he who he may, attempt to alter the faith once for all delivered, let him be accursed.
- 1912, Fyodor Dostoevsky, translated by Constance Garnett, The Brothers Karamazov, Book III, Chapter 7,
- For at the very moment I become accursed, at that same highest moment, I become exactly like a heathen
- 1955, J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King, The Return of the King/Book V, Chapter 10
- We did not come here to waste words in treating with Sauron, faithless and accursed; still less with one of his slaves. Begone!
- simple past and past participle of accurse