A curse (cried an imprecation, malediction, execration, malison, anathema, or commination an aw) is ony expressed wish that some fuirm o adversity or misfortune will befaw or attach tae some ither entity: ane or mair bodies, a place, or an object. In pairticular, "curse" mey refer tae such a wish or pronooncement made effective bi a supernaitural or spiritual pouer, such as a god or gods, a spirit, or a naitural force, or else as a kynd of spell bi magic or witchcraft; in the latter sense, a curse can be cried a hex or a jinx. In mony belief seestems, the curse itsel (or accompanyin ritual) is considered tae hae some causative force in the result. Tae reverse or eliminate a curse is sometimes cried "removal" or "breakin", an is aften believit tae require elaborate rituals or prayers.
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