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Words alphabetically surrounding "CURSE" in English

In the following list of word definitions around "curse" in the English dictionary apply to the concept of "curse."

curry: (3) To beat or bruise; (4) To cajole; (cajole: `To deceive with, or persuade by, artful flattery, fair words, or other false enticements.') ["His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. Come ye, say they, I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and to morrow shall be as this day, and much more abundant." (Isa. 56:10,12.)]

curse: (1)(a) A profane oath. (4) The cause of great harm, or misfortune; torment.

cursory: (2) Rapidly, often superficially, performed with scant attention to detail; passing hurriedly over or through something which invites exhaustive treatment.

"Curry" has to do with deception, which is one of the results of falling under a curse.  "Behold, I will send them strong delusion that they will believe a lie." (Isaiah 66; II Thes. 2.)

"Cursory" refers to glossing over something that deserves keen attention, which is a primary causative factor bringing a curse.

"Curry" and "cursory" are therefore cause and effect words surrounding the idea of a "curse."  When we gloss over something of importance, we end up in the curse of deception, for we lack the deeper insight we might have gained had we paid attention. 

When an entire people do this, the entire group falls under deception. Rather than hearkening to the inspired wisdom of men and women of God who come among them, they reject this greater light and knowledge and cast them out from among them. But the end result is that they cut themselves off from the presence of God and become as salt that has lost its savor and is good for nothing but to be cast out and trodden under feet (see def. of "cajole").


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Webster's New International Dictionary, 2nd Ed., Unabridged; G. & C. Merriam Company (established, 1831), Springfield 2, Massachusetts, U.S.A.; 1959.

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