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noun     curse pronunciation in American English
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  1. 2
    [countable] a bad situation or event caused by someone’s deliberate use of their magic powers

    the curse of the Pharaohs

    put a curse on someone/something:

    He was sure someone had put a curse on his house.

  2. 4
    [singular] an unpleasant situation or influence that continues for a long time

    the curse of unemployment

  3. 5

    the curse

    informal old-fashioned a woman’s period

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a rise in the level of a stream or river

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