noun Etymology: Late Latin anathemat-, anathema, from Greek, thing devoted to evil, curse, from anatithenai to set up, dedicate, from ana- + tithenai to place, set — more at do Date: 1526 1. a. one that is cursed by ecclesiastical authority b. someone or something intensely disliked or loathed — usually used as a predicate nominative <
this notion was anathema to most of his countrymen — S. J. Gould
2. a. a ban or curse solemnly pronounced by ecclesiastical authority and accompanied by excommunication b. the denunciation of something as accursed c. a vigorous denunciation ; curse

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