noun, plural a·nath·e·mas.
Origin of anathema
Examples from the Web for anathema
After a few experiments I learned that I could skip those movies, and Tyler Perry was anathema in my book.Prisoners Get Cultural Fix with 8-Tracks and Bootleg Cassettes|Daniel Genis|August 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
American politics with its razzmatazz and movie stars were an anathema.
In his opinion, the “path to citizenship” for immigrants, which is anathema to many conservatives, is absolutely essential.Cardinal O'Malley: Pope Francis Knows Immigrants Are the Future of the Church|Christopher Dickey|June 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The occasional yellow or red was acceptable, but the suggestion of a blue dress was met with distress, and brown was anathema.
Government regulations were not anathema to the market but requisite.
Lilies of the valley are lovely in proper surroundings, but on a dinner-table they are anathema.The Cook's Decameron: A Study in Taste:|Mrs. W. G. Waters
It was anathema, he knew, but he could not refuse to accept it.Carmen Ariza|Charles Francis Stocking
They listened with the calm of people for whom anathema, reprobation, malediction, and execration were their daily bread.The Miracle Of The Great St. Nicolas|Anatole France
Believe or die is the anathema which vehement spirits pronounce, and this in the name of Liberty.The Origins of Contemporary France, Volume 2 (of 6)|Hippolyte A. Taine
Since Cobbett uttered his anathema against the root, it never was in such bad odour.
British Dictionary definitions for anathema
noun plural -mas
Word Origin for anathema
Word Origin and History for anathema
1520s, "an accursed thing," from Latin anathema "an excommunicated person; the curse of excommunication," from Greek anathema "a thing accursed," originally "a thing devoted," literally "a thing set up (to the gods)," from ana- "up" (see ana-) + tithenai "to place," from PIE root *dhe- "to put, to do" (see factitious).
Originally simply a votive offering, by the time it reached Latin the meaning had progressed through "thing devoted to evil," to "thing accursed or damned." Later applied to persons and the Divine Curse. Meaning "formal act or formula of consigning to damnation" is from 1610s.
Anathema maranatha, taken as an intensified form, is a misreading of the Syriac maran etha "the Lord hath come," which follows anathema in I Cor. xvi:22, but is not connected with it (see Maranatha).