anathematize

[ 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.
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 forms

a·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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British Dictionary definitions for anathematize

anathematize

anathematise

/ (əˈnæθɪməˌtaɪz) /

verb

to pronounce an anathema (upon a person, etc); curse

Derived Forms

anathematization or anathematisation, noun
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