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Difference Between Hex and Curse

Hex vs Curse

Have you ever wished someone bad luck? Have you ever wanted bad things to happen to someone who has slighted you? It might just be on your mind, but some people might go a little further by casting a hex or a curse on their adversaries.

The word “hex” is both a noun and a verb which can either be transitive or intransitive. It can refer to the act of practicing witchcraft or the process of putting an evil spell over someone or something. It is also sometimes referred to as a jinx.
It is likewise synonymous with the words “charm” (to chant or recite a magic spell), “enchant” (to influence through incantations and charms), “bewitch” (to cast a spell over), or “strike” (to affect someone or something with a magic spell).

A hex is expected to bring bad luck to the one who is put under it. It is considered as an evil spell because it wishes bad things to happen to whom it is cast. The infliction and removal of hexes are often done by those who practice witchcraft, and they can be found in every society in most parts of the world.

The word “hex” has been used in Pennsylvania since the early 1800s where there were a number of German and Swiss immigrants. It came from the Pennsylvania Dutch/German word “hexe” which means “to practice sorcery or witchcraft.” A hex may also be considered as a curse which is a wish that someone or something will meet misfortune, serious difficulty, bad luck, or tragedy. Some people believe that a curse together with its rituals possesses a force that is hard to avoid. It is believed that a curse is inflicted by powers beyond the natural world. People may make the curse through magic spells, prayers to the gods or a natural spirit, cursing, and denouncing. It is a supernatural power which causes it to take effect.

Curses are often only spoken but there are also written ones. It has been practiced since the early days, and even today many people still practice it. Even the Catholic Church uses it to denounce members of the church who are being excommunicated. The word “curse” came from the Old English noun “curs” (a prayer that harm befalls one) and verb “cursian” (to swear profanely). The words may have come from the Old French word “curuz” (anger) or the Latin word “cursus” (course).


1.A hex is the practice of casting an evil spell over something or someone while a curse is the practice of wishing bad luck and bad things to happen to someone or something.
2.Both a hex and a curse involve rituals and spells. While hexes are only done by those who practice witchcraft, curses are done by most people not just by witches.
3.Both hexes and curses are performed by people, but the power that causes it to take effect are attributed to supernatural beings with hexes being entirely evil while curses are also done by churches which indicate that they may also be inflicted by a holy being.

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