Voodoo vs Curse - What's the difference?

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As a noun voodoo

is voodoo.

As a verb curse is

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voodoo

English

(wikipedia voodoo)

Noun

  • A religion of the Ewe/Fon of West Africa, practiced chiefly in Benin.
  • Any of a group of related religious practices found chiefly in and around the Caribbean, particularly in Haiti and Louisiana.
  • (pejorative) Any sort of magical or irrational approach to a problem.
  • I want a real explanation, not this statistical voodoo .
  • (dated) One who practices voodoo; a native sorcerer.
  • * 1889 , Longman's Magazine (volume 14, page 557)
  • So a reporter of the Boston Herald (U.S.) has 'interviewed' a few local Voodoos . He has seen a dance round a boiling pot, seen some tomfoolery with spiders, and heard a lot of superstitious nonsense.

    Alternative forms

    * (religion of Africa or the Americas) vodoun, voudoun, vodun, voudou, Voodoo

    Synonyms

    * (religion) voodooism

    Derived terms

    * voodoo death * voodoo doll * voodoo economics * voodooism * voodooist * voodoo programming * voodoo science

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To bewitch someone or something using
  • He claimed his neighbor had voodooed him.

    See also

    * hoodoo * (Haitian Vodou) * (West African Vodun) ----

    curse

    English

    Noun

    (wikipedia curse) (en noun)
  • A supernatural detriment or hindrance; a bane.
  • A prayer or imprecation that harm may befall someone.
  • The cause of great harm, evil, or misfortune; that which brings evil or severe affliction; torment.
  • * Shakespeare
  • The common curse of mankind, folly and ignorance.
  • A vulgar epithet.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-14, author= Sam Leith
  • , volume=189, issue=1, page=37, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Where the profound meets the profane , passage=Swearing doesn't just mean what we now understand by "dirty words". It is entwined, in social and linguistic history, with the other sort of swearing: vows and oaths. Consider for a moment the origins of almost any word we have for bad language – "profanity", "curses ", "oaths" and "swearing" itself.}}
  • (slang) A woman's menses.
  • Derived terms

    * curse of Scotland

    Verb

  • (lb) To place a curse upon (a person or object).
  • *
  • *:Captain Edward Carlisle; he could not tell what this prisoner might do. He cursed' the fate which had assigned such a duty, ' cursed especially that fate which forced a gallant soldier to meet so superb a woman as this under handicap so hard.
  • To call upon divine or supernatural power to send injury upon; to imprecate evil upon; to execrate.
  • *Bible, (w) xxii. 28
  • *:Thou shalt notcurse the ruler of thy people.
  • (lb) To speak or shout a vulgar curse or epithet.
  • (lb) To use offensive or morally inappropriate language.
  • *Bible, (w) xxi. 74
  • *:Then began he to curse and to swear.
  • *(William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • *:His spirits hear me, / And yet I need must curse .
  • To bring great evil upon; to be the cause of serious harm or unhappiness to; to furnish with that which will be a cause of deep trouble; to afflict or injure grievously; to harass or torment.
  • *(Alexander Pope) (1688-1744)
  • *:On impious realms and barbarous kings impose / Thy plagues, and curse 'em with such sons as those.
  • Synonyms

    * (sense) swear

    Antonyms

    * bless

    Anagrams

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