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a·nath·e·ma

 (ə-năth′ə-mə)
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).

[Late Latin, doomed offering, accursed thing, from Greek, from anatithenai, anathe-, to dedicate : ana-, ana- + tithenai, to put; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.]

anathema

(əˈnæθəmə)
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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.anathema - a detested personanathema - a detested person; "he is an anathema to me"
disagreeable person, unpleasant person - a person who is not pleasant or agreeable
2.anathema - a formal ecclesiastical curse accompanied by excommunication
curse, execration, condemnation - an appeal to some supernatural power to inflict evil on someone or some group

anathema

noun abomination, bête noire, enemy, pariah, bane, bugbear Violence was anathema to them.

anathema

noun
1. A denunciation invoking a wish or threat of evil or injury:
Archaic: malison.
2. An object of extreme dislike:
Informal: horror.
Translations
anatema
anatemă

anathema

[əˈnæθɪmə] N
1. (Rel) → anatema m
2. (fig) he is anathema to meno lo puedo ver, para mí es inaguantable
the idea is anathema to herpara ella la idea es una abominación, la idea le resulta odiosa

anathema

[əˈnæθəmə] nanathème m
to be anathema to sb
It is anathema to him → Il a cela en abomination.

anathema

n (Eccl) → Anathema (form) nt, → Kirchenbann m; (fig, no art) → ein Gräuel m; voting Labour was anathema to themder Gedanke, Labour zu wählen, war ihnen ein Gräuel

anathema

[əˈnæθɪmə] n (Rel) (fig) → anatema m
it is anathema to him → non ne vuol neanche sentir parlare
References in classic literature ?
And though no voice but his was heard to speak aloud, still there were revilings and anathemas, whispered but distinct, from women and from men, breathed against the daughter who had wrung the aged hearts of her parents,--the wife who had betrayed the trusting fondness of her husband,--the mother who had sinned against natural affection, and left her child to die.
Deep love and fierce resentment burned in one flame within his breast, Anathemas struggled with benedictions.
Stubb was struck by a shower of outcries and anathemas proceeding from the Captain's round-house abaft; and looking in that direction saw a fiery face thrust from behind the door, which was held ajar from within.
If the children gathered about her, as they sometimes did, Pearl would grow positively terrible in her puny wrath, snatching up stones to fling at them, with shrill, incoherent exclamations, that made her mother tremble, because they had so much the sound of a witch's anathemas in some unknown tongue.
By this, the long wished-for opportunity was offered to "True" Socialism of confronting the political movement with the Socialist demands, of hurling the traditional anathemas against liberalism, against representative government, against bourgeois competition, bourgeois freedom of the press, bourgeois legislation, bourgeois liberty and equality, and of preaching to the masses that they had nothing to gain, and everything to lose, by this bourgeois movement.