Punishment vs. Curse

Punishment vs. Curse — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Punishment and Curse

Punishmentnoun

The imposition of a penalty or deprivation for wrongdoing

the swift punishment of all offenders.

Cursenoun

An appeal or prayer for evil or misfortune to befall someone or something.

Punishmentnoun

A penalty imposed for wrongdoing

"The severity of the punishment must ... be in keeping with the kind of obligation which has been violated" (Simone Weil).

Cursenoun

Evil or misfortune viewed as resulting from such an appeal

believed that the amulet would ward off curses.

Punishmentnoun

Rough treatment or use

These old skis have taken a lot of punishment over the years.

Cursenoun

A source or cause of evil; a scourge

“Selfishness is the greatest curse of the human race” (William Ewart Gladstone).
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Punishmentnoun

The act or process of punishing, imposing and/or applying a sanction.

Cursenoun

A profane word or phrase; a swearword.

Punishmentnoun

A penalty to punish wrongdoing, especially for crime.

Cursenoun

(Ecclesiastical) A censure, ban, or anathema.

Punishmentnoun

A suffering by pain or loss imposed as retribution

Cursenoun

(Offensive) Menstruation. Used with the.

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Punishmentnoun

(figuratively) Any treatment or experience so harsh it feels like being punished; rough handling

a vehicle that can take a lot of punishment

Curseverb

To invoke evil or misfortune upon; damn.

Punishmentnoun

the act of punishing

Curseverb

To swear at

cursed the car because it wouldn't start.

Curseverb

To bring evil upon; afflict

was cursed with crippling arthritis.

Curseverb

(Ecclesiastical) To put under a ban or anathema; excommunicate.

Curseverb

To utter curses; swear.

Cursenoun

A supernatural detriment or hindrance; a bane.

Cursenoun

A prayer or imprecation that harm may befall someone.

Cursenoun

The cause of great harm, evil, or misfortune; that which brings evil or severe affliction; torment.

Cursenoun

A vulgar epithet.

Cursenoun

A woman's menses.

Curseverb

(transitive) To place a curse upon (a person or object).

Curseverb

To call upon divine or supernatural power to send injury upon; to imprecate evil upon; to execrate.

Curseverb

(transitive) To speak or shout a vulgar curse or epithet.

Curseverb

(intransitive) To use offensive or morally inappropriate language.

Curseverb

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.

Cursenoun

profane or obscene expression usually of surprise or anger;

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Cursenoun

an appeal to some supernatural power to inflict evil on someone or some group

Cursenoun

an evil spell;

a witch put a curse on his whole familyhe put the whammy on me

Cursenoun

something causes misery or death;

the bane of my life

Cursenoun

a severe affliction

Curseverb

utter obscenities or profanities;

The drunken men were cursing loudly in the street

Curseverb

heap obscenities upon;

The taxi driver who felt he didn't get a high enough tip cursed the passenger

Curseverb

wish harm upon; invoke evil upon;

The bad witch cursed the child

Curseverb

exclude from a church or a religious community;

The gay priest was excommunicated when he married his partner