Anathema Maranatha
Anathema A*nath"e*ma, n.; pl. {Anathemas}. [L. anath[e^]ma, fr. Gr. ? anything devoted, esp. to evil, a curse; also L. anath[=e]ma, fr. Gr. ? a votive offering; all fr. ? to set up as a votive gift, dedicate; ? up + ? to set. See {Thesis}.] 1. A ban or curse pronounced with religious solemnity by ecclesiastical authority, and accompanied by excommunication. Hence: Denunciation of anything as accursed. [1913 Webster]

[They] denounce anathemas against unbelievers. --Priestley. [1913 Webster]

2. An imprecation; a curse; a malediction. [1913 Webster]

Finally she fled to London followed by the anathemas of both [families]. --Thackeray. [1913 Webster]

3. Any person or thing anathematized, or cursed by ecclesiastical authority. [1913 Webster]

The Jewish nation were an anathema destined to destruction. St. Paul . . . says he could wish, to save them from it, to become an anathema, and be destroyed himself. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

{Anathema Maranatha}(see --1 Cor. xvi. 22), an expression commonly considered as a highly intensified form of anathema. Maran atha is now considered as a separate sentence, meaning, ``Our Lord cometh.'' [1913 Webster]


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  • anathema maranatha — /ma rə naˈtha/ (Aramaic māranāthā, come, Lord) words happening to occur together in Bible, 1 Corinthians 16.22, wrongly understood as an intensified curse • • • Main Entry: ↑anathema …   Useful english dictionary

  • Anathema — • Placed on high, suspended, set aside Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Anathema     Anathema     † …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • MARANATHA — Hesych. Μαραναθὰ, ὁ Κύριος ἦλθεν, ἢεἶδον τὸν Κύριον. Vide Suidam. Syriaca vox est, et significat, Dominus venit. 1 Cor. c. 16. v. 22. Si quis non amat Dominum nostrum Iesum Christum, sit anathema maranatha. Id est, exponente Theodoretô, Sit… …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • anathema — (n.) 1520s, an accursed thing, from L. anathema an excommunicated person; the curse of excommunication, from Gk. anathema a thing accursed, originally a thing devoted, lit. a thing set up (to the gods), from ana up (see ANA (Cf. ana )) + tithenai …   Etymology dictionary

  • Maranatha — Mar a*nath a, n. [Aramaic m[=a]ran ath[=a].] Our Lord cometh; an expression used by St. Paul at the conclusion of his first Epistle to the Corinthians (xvi. 22). This word has been used in anathematizing persons for great crimes; as much as to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Anathema — A*nath e*ma, n.; pl. {Anathemas}. [L. anath[e^]ma, fr. Gr. ? anything devoted, esp. to evil, a curse; also L. anath[=e]ma, fr. Gr. ? a votive offering; all fr. ? to set up as a votive gift, dedicate; ? up + ? to set. See {Thesis}.] 1. A ban or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Maranatha — For other uses, see Maranatha (disambiguation). Part of a series on The Bible …   Wikipedia

  • Maranatha — late 14c., a Bible word, from Gk. maranatha, untranslated Semitic word in I Cor. xvi:22, where it follows Gk. anathema, and therefore has been taken as part of a phrase and used as a curse. Usually assumed to be from Aramaic maran atha Our Lord… …   Etymology dictionary

  • maranatha — [mar΄ə nath′ə] n. [ME < ML(Ec) < Gr(Ec), assumed to be < Aram māranā thā, O Lord, come, but prob. false transliteration of Heb moḥorām atta, you are put under the ban] an invocation to the Lord, sometimes regarded as forming, with the… …   English World dictionary

  • MARANATHA —    (lit. the Lord cometh to judge), a form of anathema in use among the Jews …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

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