verb (used without object), a·nath·e·ma·tized, a·nath·e·ma·tiz·ing.
  1. to pronounce anathemas; curse.
Also especially British, a·nath·e·ma·tise.

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 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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for anathematised

Historical Examples of anathematised

  • I anathematised the hour I had ever promised to procure the bird.

  • The engineer was regarded as John's seducer, and was anathematised.

    The Son of a Servant

    August Strindberg

  • Geologists were anathematised from the pulpits and railed at by tub-thumpers.

    Flowers of Freethought

    George W. Foote

  • A coloured gentleman he anathematised especially for his iteration.

    The Man Who Was Good

    Leonard Merrick

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


    B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon

British Dictionary definitions for anathematised



  1. to pronounce an anathema (upon a person, etc); curse
Derived Formsanathematization or anathematisation, noun
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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.

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