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[uh-nath-uh-muh-tahyz] /əˈnæθ ə məˌtaɪz/
verb (used with object), anathematized, anathematizing.
to pronounce an anathema against; denounce; curse.
verb (used without object), anathematized, anathematizing.
to pronounce anathemas; curse.
Also, especially British, anathematise.
Origin of anathematize
1560-70; (< Middle French) < Late Latin anathematizāre to put under the ban, curse, detest < Greek anathematízein to bind by a curse, make accursed, equivalent to anathemat- (stem of anáthema) + -izein -ize
Related forms
anathematization, noun
anathematizer, noun
deanathematize, verb (used with object), deanathematized, deanathematizing. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for anathematised
Historical Examples
  • I anathematised the hour I had ever promised to procure the bird.

    The Hunters' Feast Mayne Reid
  • The engineer was regarded as John's seducer, and was anathematised.

    The Son of a Servant August Strindberg
  • Geologists were anathematised from the pulpits and railed at by tub-thumpers.

    Flowers of Freethought George W. Foote
  • A coloured gentleman he anathematised especially for his iteration.

    The Man Who Was Good Leonard Merrick
  • They ground their teeth, they clenched their fists, they anathematised the name of Blemish.

    Grif B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • The freedom of the will is anathematised in the name but not in the interests of science.

    Evolution Frank B. Jevons
  • As he did not return when he was recalled, he was anathematised, and deprived of his preferments.

    The Browning Cyclopdia Edward Berdoe
  • All such things, as part and parcel of the bourgeois system, were anathematised.

    Russia Donald Mackenzie Wallace
  • As for the young men about our establishment, of whom I was one, we anathematised that house.

    The Uninhabited House Mrs. J. H. Riddell
  • He anathematised the lawyers and settlements, and delay, and was all for being married off-hand at the moment.

    Ask Momma R. S. Surtees
British Dictionary definitions for anathematised


to pronounce an anathema (upon a person, etc); curse
Derived Forms
anathematization, anathematisation, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for anathematised



"to pronounce an anathema against," 1560s, from French anathématiser (Old French anatemer), from Latin anathematizare, from Greek anathematizein "to devote (to evil)," from stem of anathema. Alternative anathemize (1670s) is less correct and more rare. Related: Anathematized; anathematizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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