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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Mr. Camperdown anathematised the carelessness of everybody connected with Messrs. Garnett's establishment.

    The Eustace Diamonds Anthony Trollope
  • The engineer was regarded as John's seducer, and was anathematised.

    The Son of a Servant August Strindberg
  • Men are Whigs or not-Whigs, and the not-Whig is less a heretic to be anathematised than a blockhead beneath the reach of argument.

    Hours in a Library Leslie Stephen
  • Geologists were anathematised from the pulpits and railed at by tub-thumpers.

    Flowers of Freethought George W. Foote
  • Amongst such a people, the moon would rather be anathematised than adored.

    Moon Lore Timothy Harley
  • A coloured gentleman he anathematised especially for his iteration.

    The Man Who Was Good Leonard Merrick
  • All drew back in horror, to let one so anathematised pass without contact.

  • They ground their teeth, they clenched their fists, they anathematised the name of Blemish.

    Grif B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • How I anathematised those beggars with no legs, or minus arms, when I tried to begin a street sketch!

    Cathedral Cities of Spain William Wiehe Collins
  • The freedom of the will is anathematised in the name but not in the interests of science.

    Evolution Frank B. Jevons
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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