• WordNet 3.6
    • v anathematise curse or declare to be evil or anathema or threaten with divine punishment
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Anathematise to pronounce accursed
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
The classical Gr. anathēma meant a votive offering set up in a temple, ana, up, tithenai, to place; the anathĕma of the Septuagint and New Testament meant something specially devoted to evil, as in Rom. ix. 3.


In literature:

Well may mankind shriek, inarticulately anathematising as they can.
"The French Revolution" by Thomas Carlyle
When formally anathematised and excluded from the dominant Church the Nonconformists had neither a definite organisation nor a positive creed.
"Russia" by Donald Mackenzie Wallace
Sir Archie anathematised his frailties.
"Huntingtower" by John Buchan
Bill anathematised the dog, but the ludicrous bereavement he had sustained made him laugh, in spite of his teeth!
"The Sketches of Seymour (Illustrated), Part 3." by Robert Seymour
Bill anathematised the dog, but the ludicrous bereavement he had sustained made him laugh, in spite of his teeth!
"The Sketches of Seymour (Illustrated), Complete" by Robert Seymour
Mr. Camperdown anathematised the carelessness of everybody connected with Messrs. Garnett's establishment.
"The Eustace Diamonds" by Anthony Trollope
All drew back in horror, to let one so anathematised pass without contact.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction" by Various
What an example for the man anathematised.
"Principles of Freedom" by Terence J. MacSwiney
He slept well, too, with never a thought of the Saturday express which he had lain awake on other nights to lament and anathematise.
"Truxton King" by George Barr McCutcheon
For my part, I utterly repudiate and anathematise the intruder.
"Lectures and Essays" by Thomas Henry Huxley
His protectors were anathematised, his assailants were the models of patriotism.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. CCCLXXVI. February, 1847. Vol. LXI." by Various
She must have no terms with it; if she would be true to her Master, she must ban and anathematise it.
"Apologia pro Vita Sua" by John Henry Newman
The violators were anathematised from the pulpit.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Ely" by W. D. Sweeting
I anathematised the hour I had ever promised to procure the bird.
"The Hunters' Feast" by Mayne Reid
The savants had rejected steamboats as impossible; the priests had anathematised them as impious.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
How he anathematised his carelessness.
"Renshaw Fanning's Quest" by Bertram Mitford
Do you think the passion, which promotes an industry of such importance, deserves to be anathematised only?
"Luxury-Gluttony:" by Eugène Sue
The freedom of the will is anathematised in the name but not in the interests of science.
"Evolution" by Frank B. Jevons
The noble author of the "Characteristics" anathematised "the Gothic model of poetry.
"Amenities of Literature" by Isaac Disraeli
She felt stranded, and was wishing for Alwynne, and anathematising the superfluous and intriguing aunt.
"Regiment of Women" by Clemence Dane