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anathematize

[uh-nath-uh-muh-tahyz]
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verb (used with object), a·nath·e·ma·tized, a·nath·e·ma·tiz·ing.
  1. to pronounce an anathema against; denounce; curse.
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verb (used without object), a·nath·e·ma·tized, a·nath·e·ma·tiz·ing.
  1. to pronounce anathemas; curse.
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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.
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Historical Examples

  • Venerable parent promptly resorts to anathematization, and turns him out.

    Our Mutual Friend

    Charles Dickens

  • One bishop earnestly recommends the Jewish anathematization, Let neither party ever be spoken to again.


British Dictionary definitions for anathematization

anathematize

anathematise

verb
  1. to pronounce an anathema (upon a person, etc); curse
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Derived Formsanathematization or anathematisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for anathematization

n.

1590s, from Medieval Latin anathematizationem (nominative anathematizatio), noun of action from past participle stem of anathematizare (see anathematize). Earlier was anathemization (1540s).

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anathematize

v.

"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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