cure


cure
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 wounds and diseases
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pierced to the soul with slander's venomed spear, the which no balm can cureShak.

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physician, heal thyself— Lk 4:23

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Often, however, they tend to be differentiated in such applications, cure more frequently implying restoration to health after disease, heal implying restoration to soundness of an affected part after a wound or lesion
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the treatment failed to cure his headache

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the salve will heal slight burns

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his fever . . . might cure him of his tendency to epilepsy— Byron

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I . . . must not break my back to heal his finger— Shak.

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In extended use a similar distinction often holds, with cure applicable when a condition (as a state of mind or a habit of behavior) is under discussion and heal when a specific incident or event is involved; thus, one would seek to cure (not heal) mistrust but to heal (rather than cure) a breach between friends
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if you can compass it, do cure the younger girls of running after the officers— Austen

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we are denied the one thing that might heal us . . . that might bring balm to the bruised heart, and peace to the soul in pain— Wilde

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Remedy (see also REMEDY n) applies to the using of whatever will correct or relieve an abnormal condition (as of body or mind) whether affecting physical or mental health or causing mere local or occasional discomfort
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who . . . may likeliest remedy the stricken mind— S out hey

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In extended use (see also CORRECT vb 1) remedy is often used in reference to evil conditions corrected, relieved, or counteracted by any means
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remedy an abuse

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remedy the breakdown of international prestige— Ascoli

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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

  • cure — cure·less; ep·i·cure; ped·i·cure; pro·cure; pro·cure·ment; se·cure·ly; se·cure·ment; se·cure·ness; cure; man·i·cure; se·cure; si·ne·cure; for·tes·cure; in·se·cure·ly; in·se·cure·ness; …   English syllables

  • 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

  • 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

  • Cure — bezeichnet: Cure (Fluss), einen Fluss in Frankreich, Nebenfluss der Yonne Cure (Film), einen japanischen Film The Cure, eine englische Rockband The Permanent Cure, eine deutsch irische Musikgruppe Pretty Cure, japanische Anime Fernsehserie Cure… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • 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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