- Anathematize strictly refers to the formal utterance of solemn condemnation by ecclesiastical authority, but in general use suggests vehement denunciation of a person or thing viewed as detestable
- Imprecate suggests the calling down of calamity on someone, esp. from a desire for revenge
- Execrate suggests cursing prompted by great anger or abhorrence
- Damn carries the same general meaning but, in strict usage, implies the use of the word ``damn"" in the curse he damned his enemies = he said, ``Damn my enemies!""
- Curse is the general word for calling down evil or injury on someone or something