Imagine someone (a bad-doer or someone who can't bear to see your success or for some reasons is jealous of you) deals with malicious, magical sort of things (perhaps a witch) influences your life and somewhat changes your life in a bad way. Which one of the following verbs work in my example properly:

I'm sure! She has.........(me. / my life.)

Based on dictionary definitions, they both sound to be correct, but I'm not sure if a native speaker would say it in the same way and the used verbs in this sense sounds old-fashioned or something.

If they are not natural in this sense, what verb is used in this sense?

[It can be considered as superstition, but in eastern culture at least you hear a lot about these things.]

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Neither of your suggestions seem to fit - spelled can't be used as a verb in this fashion, and enchanted has a very positive overtone. I could be enchanted by a beautiful lady, for example.

I believe that cursed might be the word you are looking for.

A curse can mean a spell that calls upon divine or supernatural power to bring harm or ill fortune to someone, therefore to be cursed means to be affected by a curse that causes bad things to happen.

To use your examples:

She has cursed me.

She has cursed my life.


A witch is rarely to enchant you unless she is remarkably beautiful. Witches are more likely to jinx you or hex you.
Both words have evil connotations :to affect as if by an evil spell.

She jinxed me.
She has put a hex on me.
She has hexed my life.

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    While hexed and jinxed both could be used, as a native English speaker I find cursed to be the more natural.
    – Sarriesfan
    Commented Jan 18, 2017 at 9:31
  • @Sarriesfan Yes me too.'Hex' is not as common but I've heard 'jinx' informally being used.
    – Nikki
    Commented Jan 18, 2017 at 9:36
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    I think jinxed or hexed is appropriate but it is usually "She jinxed me." (not "my life") Jinxed is to me a more mild statement of inviting bad luck - for example, "I think this will be easy, but I hope I didn't just jinx us by saying that."
    – ColleenV
    Commented Jan 18, 2017 at 13:09
  • @ColleenV Thanks for correcting me. A more sinister term for me is hoodooed, but is rarely used.
    – Nikki
    Commented Jan 18, 2017 at 13:43
  • hex as a verb is AmE, but its usage in the UK is increasing. en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/hex
    – JavaLatte
    Commented Jan 19, 2017 at 2:09

A purely Australian take on this... indigenous Australians have a ceremony in which they place a curse on someone by a kurdaitcha man "pointing the bone" at them. If you have had the bone pointed at you, you will die within a short time!

Interestingly, in 2004, indigenous Australians who disagreed with his policies carried out this ritual on the Australian Prime Minister, John Howard. He is still alive and healthy 12 years later!

On the other hand, there are instances of Australian natives appearing in hospital claiming that the bone has been pointed at them, and dying within a few days. On autopsy, no cause of death could be found.


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