to pronounce an anathema against; denounce; curse.
verb (used without object),a·nath·e·ma·tized,a·nath·e·ma·tiz·ing.
to pronounce anathemas; curse.
Also especially British, a·nath·e·ma·tise.
Origin of anathematize
1560–70; (< Middle French) < Late Latinanathematizāre to put under the ban, curse, detest < Greekanathematízein to bind by a curse, make accursed, equivalent to anathemat- (stem of anáthema) + -izein-ize
Related formsa·nath·e·ma·ti·za·tion, nouna·nath·e·ma·tiz·er, nounde·a·nath·e·ma·tize, verb (used with object),de·a·nath·e·ma·tized,de·a·nath·e·ma·tiz·ing.
1590s, from Medieval Latin anathematizationem (nominative anathematizatio), noun of action from past participle stem of anathematizare (see anathematize). Earlier was anathemization (1540s).
"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.