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anathema

[ uh-nath-uh-muh ]
/ əˈnæθ ə mə /
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noun, plural a·nath·e·mas.

a person or thing detested or loathed: That subject is anathema to him.
a person or thing accursed or consigned to damnation or destruction.
a formal ecclesiastical curse involving excommunication.
any imprecation of divine punishment.
a curse; execration.

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Origin of anathema

1520–30; <Latin <Greek: a thing accursed, devoted to evil, originally devoted, equivalent to ana(ti)thé(nai) to set up + -ma noun suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for anathema

anathema
/ (əˈnæθəmə) /

noun plural -mas

a detested person or thinghe is anathema to me
a formal ecclesiastical curse of excommunication or a formal denunciation of a doctrine
the person or thing so cursed
a strong curse; imprecation

Word Origin for anathema

C16: via Church Latin from Greek: something accursed, dedicated (to evil), from anatithenai to dedicate, from ana- + tithenai to set
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