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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 anathematize
Historical Examples
  • She must have no terms with it; if she would be true to her Master, she must ban and anathematize it.

    Apologia Pro Vita Sua John Henry Cardinal Newman
  • He resolved to annihilate the unruly corps and anathematize their name.

  • Be sure that Ravenna, anathematize as he may, will never be permitted to enter that convent.

    The Shadow of the Czar John R. Carling
  • Will they burn me at Carfax, or will they anathematize me with bell, book, and candle?

  • For my part, I utterly repudiate and anathematize the intruder.

  • Do not anathematize the genius who formulates the Regulations.

    Our Battalion

    Leonard Raven-Hill
  • We anathematize also the Anomœans, in spite of their pretence not to be Arians.

    The Arian Controversy H. M. Gwatkin
  • They are fools to anathematize and curse me, who can give them ten curses for one, were they to hold it for a day together.

    Clarissa, Volume 7 Samuel Richardson
  • It was Addison's; and in his now distant home, he will anathematize me for exposing his youthful bad grammar.

    When Life Was Young C. A. Stephens
  • Duelling, branded by the law, is also now so branded in public opinion that it would be waste of words to anathematize it.

    The Galaxy Various
British Dictionary definitions for anathematize


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 anathematize

"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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