A curse (also called a jinx, or execration) is any expressed wish that some form of adversity or misfortune will befall or attach to some other entity—one or more persons, a place, or an object. In particular, "curse" may refer to a wish that harm or hurt will be inflicted by any supernatural powers, such as a spell, a prayer, an imprecation, an execration, magic, witchcraft, God, a natural force, or a spirit. In many belief systems, the curse itself (or accompanying ritual) is considered to have some causative force in the result.
Famous quotes containing the word curse:
“Early every morning an old woman goes to the market to curse a grocery clerk, who curses back.”
—Mason Cooley (b. 1927)
“The world is burdened with young fogies. Old men with ossified minds are easily dealt with. But men who look young, act young and everlastingly harp on the fact that they are young, but who nevertheless think and act with a degree of caution that would be excessive in their grandfathers, are the curse of the world. Their very conservatism is secondhand, and they dont know what they are conserving.”
—Robertson Davies (b. 1913)
“I would as soon leave my son a curse as the almighty dollar.”
—Andrew Carnegie (18351919)