cure

\ \ [13] The Latin noun cūracare’ has fathered a wide range of English words. On their introduction to English, via Old French, both the noun and the verb cure denoted ‘looking after’, but it was not long before the specific sense ‘medical care’ led to ‘successful medical care’ – that is, ‘healing’ (the Latin verb cūrāre could mean ‘cure’ too, but this sense seems not to have survived into Old French). The notion of ‘looking after’ now scarcely survives in cure itself, but it is preserved in the derived nouns curate [14] (and its French version curé [17]), who looks after souls, and curator [14]. The Latin adjective cūriōsus originally meant ‘careful’, a sense preserved through Old French curios into English curious [14] but defunct since the 18th century. The secondary sense ‘inquisitive’ developed in Latin, but it was not until the word reached Old French that the meaning ‘interesting’ emerged. Curio [19] is an abbreviation of curiosity [14], probably modelled on Italian nouns of the same form. Curette [18] and its derivative curettage [19] were both formed from the French verb curer, in the sense ‘clean’.
\ \ Other English descendants of Latin cūra include scour, secure, and sinecure.
\ \ Cf.CURATE, CURIOUS, SCOUR, SECURE, SINECURE

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  • cure — cure …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • cure — 1. (ku r ) s. f. 1°   Soin, souci. Ce mot ne se dit guère qu avec le verbe avoir et sans article. Il n a cure de rien. •   L âne, qui goûtait fort l autre façon d aller, Se plaint en son patois ; le meunier n en a cure, LA FONT. Fabl. III, 1.… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • curé — 1. (ku ré) s. m. 1°   Prêtre placé à la tête d une paroisse, et soumis dans l exercice de ses fonctions à l évêque du diocèse. •   On ne peut pas faire une loi qui obligeât les curés à dire la messe, PASC. Prov. 6. •   Ce que je trouvai de plus… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • cure — CURE. subst. f. Soin, souci. En ce sens il n est guère d usage que dans quelques phrases familières. J ai beau lui donner de bons avis, il n en a cure. f♛/b] On dit proverbialement, A beau parler qui n a cure de bien faire, en parlant d Un homme… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • cure — vb cured, cur·ing vt: to deal with in a way that eliminates or corrects: as a: to use judicial procedures to undo (damage to a litigant s case caused by procedural errors made during a trial) subsequent proceedings cured harm caused by trial… …   Law dictionary

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  • Cure — (k[=u]r), n. [OF, cure care, F., also, cure, healing, cure of souls, L. cura care, medical attendance, cure; perh. akin to cavere to pay heed, E. cution. Cure is not related to care.] 1. Care, heed, or attention. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Of study… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cure — n *remedy, medicine, medicament, medication, specific, physic cure vb Cure, heal, remedy mean to rectify an unhealthy or undesirable condition especially by some specific treatment (as medication). Cure and heal may apply interchangeably to both… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • curé — CURÉ. s. mas. Prêtre pourvu d une Cure. Bon Curé. Curé de Paris. Curé de Village. Curé d un tel lieu, d une telle Paroisse. Le Curé et les Paroissiens. Curé primitif. Curé amovible. [b]f♛/b] On dit proverbialement, que C est gros Jean qui… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

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  • Cure — Cure, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cured} (k[=u]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Curing}.] [OF. curer to take care, to heal, F., only, to cleanse, L. curare to take care, to heal, fr. cura. See {Cure},.] 1. To heal; to restore to health, soundness, or sanity; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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