Quick answer
"Cursing" is a noun which is often translated as "maldecir", and "swearing" is a noun which is often translated as "las palabrotas". Learn more about the difference between "cursing" and "swearing" below.
cursing
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (general)
a. maldecir (verb)
Cursing is not permitted in my classroom.No se permite maldecir en mi aula.
b. decir palabrotas (verb)
My parents frown upon cursing, so try to tone it down around them.A mis padres nos les gusta cuando la gente dice palabrotas, así que ten cuidado cuando estás con ellos.
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swearing
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (general)
a. las palabrotas
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
My husband's swearing woke me up - he had fallen off from the bed!Me despertaron las palabrotas de mi marido: ¡se había caído de la cama!
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
A man was asked to leave the church for his constant swearing.Le pidieron a un hombre que saliera de la iglesia porque no dejaba de decir palabrotas.
It is said that swearing relieves pain.Se dice que decir palabrotas alivia el dolor.
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