[ uh-nath-uh-muh-tahyz ]
/ əˈnæθ ə məˌtaɪz /

verb (used with object), a·nath·e·ma·tized, a·nath·e·ma·tiz·ing.

to pronounce an anathema against; denounce; curse.

verb (used without object), a·nath·e·ma·tized, a·nath·e·ma·tiz·ing.

to pronounce anathemas; curse.

Nearby words

  1. anatase,
  2. anatexis,
  3. anathema,
  4. anathematic,
  5. anathematization,
  6. anatine,
  7. anatman,
  8. anatol,
  9. anatolia,
  10. anatolian

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. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for anathematize



/ (əˈnæθɪməˌtaɪz) /


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

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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.

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