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n. pl. a·nath·e·mas
1. A formal ecclesiastical ban, curse, or excommunication.
2. A vehement denunciation; a curse: "the sound of a witch's anathemas in some unknown tongue" (Nathaniel Hawthorne).
3. One that is cursed or damned.
4. One that is greatly reviled, loathed, or shunned: "Essentialism—a belief in natural, immutable sex differences—is anathema to postmodernists, for whom sexuality itself, along with gender, is a 'social construct'" (Wendy Kaminer).
n, pl -mas
1. a detested person or thing: he is anathema to me.
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a formal ecclesiastical curse of excommunication or a formal denunciation of a doctrine
3. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the person or thing so cursed
4. a strong curse; imprecation
[C16: via Church Latin from Greek: something accursed, dedicated (to evil), from anatithenai to dedicate, from ana- + tithenai to set]
a•nath•e•ma(əˈnæθ ə mə)
n., pl. -mas.
1. a person or thing detested or loathed: That subject is anathema to them.
2. a person or thing condemned to damnation.
3. an ecclesiastical curse of excommunication.
4. any imprecation of divine punishment.
5. a curse; execration.
[1520–30; < Latin < Greek anáthema a thing devoted to evil, earlier anáthēma votive offering]
a•nath`e•mat′ic (-ˈmæt ɪk) adj.
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|Noun||1.||anathema - a detested person; "he is an anathema to me"|
|2.||anathema - a formal ecclesiastical curse accompanied by excommunication|