• WordNet 3.6
    • n anathema a formal ecclesiastical curse accompanied by excommunication
    • n anathema a detested person "he is an anathema to me"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Anathema A ban or curse pronounced with religious solemnity by ecclesiastical authority, and accompanied by excommunication. Hence: Denunciation of anything as accursed. "They] denounce anathemas against unbelievers."
    • Anathema An imprecation; a curse; a malediction. "Finally she fled to London followed by the anathemas of both [families]."
    • Anathema Any person or thing anathematized, or cursed by ecclesiastical authority. "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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n anathema A person or thing held to be accursed or devoted to damnation or destruction.
    • n anathema A curse or denunciation pronounced with religious solemnity by ecclesiastical authority, involving excommunication. This species of excommunication was practised in the ancient churches against incorrigible offenders. Churches were warned not to receive them, magistrates and private persons were admonished not to harbor or maintain them, and priests were enjoined not to converse with them or attend their funerals. Also called judiciary anathema. The formula, “which if anybody deny let him be anathema,” is commonly added to the decrees of ecclesiastical councils, and especially to the doctrinal canons of ecumenical councils. It is denied by some theologians that the idea of a curse properly belongs to the anathema as used in the Christian church. See excommunication.
    • n anathema Hence Any imprecation of divine punishment; a curse; an execration.
    • n anathema Anything devoted to religious uses.
    • n anathema A phrase, properly two separate words (see etymology), occurring in the following passage, where it is popularly regarded (and hence sometimes elsewhere used) as an intenser form of anathema.
    • n anathema Synonyms and Curse, Execration, etc. See malediction.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Anathema an-ath′em-a a solemn ecclesiastical curse or denunciation involving excommunication: any person or thing anathematised: generally, any imprecation or expression of execration
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. anathĕma, fr. Gr. anything devoted, esp. to evil, a curse; also L. anathēma, fr. Gr. a votive offering; all fr. to set up as a votive gift, dedicate; up + to set. See Thesis
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:

The piece was anathema to Martin.
"Fire Mountain" by Norman Springer
In those days it was Anathema-maranatha; even now it is still the war-slogan of the Assemblies.
"Robert Burns" by Gabriel Setoun
So are another half about religion; but neither Turk or Pope, swords or anathemas, can alter truth!
"Calamities and Quarrels of Authors" by Isaac Disraeli
The Orthodox faith was set forth in fourteen anathemas.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 2" by Various
As to his anathemas and warnings, I treated them as so much buffoonery on the wrong side of the grotesque.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 2, No. 12, May, 1851." by Various
With the majority Wedekind's name was anathema.
"Ivory Apes and Peacocks" by James Huneker
It does not deal in sweeping clauses of proscription and anathema, but in nice distinction and liberal constructions.
"Hazlitt on English Literature" by Jacob Zeitlin
I feel an anathema rising from my heart, but I have suppressed it.
"Thoughts on African Colonization" by William Lloyd Garrison
Intellectual activity, apart from moral purpose, was anathema to Acton.
"The History of Freedom" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
Anathema entreats the Guardian to give him access.
"Contemporary Russian Novelists" by Serge Persky

In poetry:

Have you forgot the poet wild,
Who sang rebellious songs and hurl'd
His fierce anathemas at 'the world,'
Which shrugg'd its shoulders, pass'd and smil'd?
"Ralph to Mary" by Amy Levy
"Be He Anathema, the Sower of Light!
Be He Anathema whom worlds adore!--
If to our native star He join us not
Be He accursed, through all creation cursed, for aye!"
"The Legend Of The Earth" by Sarah Anne Curzon
I cannot hear the chimes of distant churches,
Though they repeat the music of the sky,
Because the noisy crowd beneath my window
Is shouting forth anathemas close by.
"Fences" by Jewell Miller
What can I do, blind and outcast
In a world where all are fathered and sighted,
Where passions go over anathemas
As if over embankments! Where a lament Is called - sniffles!
"Poets (excerpt)" by Marina Ivanova Tsvetaeva
And the childless mothers met me, as I kicked him from the door,
With loud maternal wailings and anathemas galore;
I must part with pretty Tiny, I must part with little Fly,
For I'm sure they know the story of the so-called "rabbit pie".
"My Other Chinee Cook" by James Brunton Stephens

In news:

To Anathema or Not to Anathema .
The issue of gay rights has already riven the Anglican community in the United States and is anathema to most African Anglicans , the church's largest population.
"Roll over" -- an innocuous verb in the context of doggy tricks or Roth IRAs -- is anathema to SUV manufacturers.
Reviewing "Il Duce's Other Woman," by Philip V Cannistraro and Brian R Sullivan (May 2), Raleigh Trevelyan writes that Margherita Sarfatti, Mussolini's longtime mistress, was "a feminist and Jewish, both anathemas to Fascist dogma.
Both of these approaches are anathema to the multicultural cultists.
The mechanical violence of gunfire seems anathema to the presumed humanism of the arts.
The Surrealist poets, in Paris between the wars, were as addicted as Communists then were to solving theoretical disputes by means of peremptory anathema.
But now that they've won control of the Legislature for the first time in 138 years, GOP lawmakers are considering something that would be anathema to conservatives elsewhere -- expanding government health care in the state.
But now that they've won control of the Legislature for the first time in 138 years, GOP lawmakers are considering something that would be anathema to conservatives elsewhere - expanding government health care in the state.
"Humphrey was anathema to us in '68, and then we got McGovern and America suddenly seemed like a place where real choices were presented," says historian Jon Wiener, who has written often about the politics and culture of the Cold War era.
In many countries, governments have traditionally framed the referendum question which helps explain why a reformer like Clement Attlee regarded them as anathema.
Relationships between homosexuals that try to mimic God's ordained relationships are therefore anathema.
State tax increases are anathema in the GOP-dominated Legislature, and higher education is among areas feeling the resulting crunch.
While US vehicle manufacturers seem to think that the station wagon is an anathema (or maybe it has something to do with the profitability provided by SUVs and now crossovers), that's not shared by manufacturers in other parts of the world.

In science:

If we take Λ to be the microstate of a measured system, as we typically do if we think we are measuring the state of two classical point particles, correlation of Λ with a and b represents contextuality of the measured system state, which is generally taken to be anathema.
Bell inequalities for random fields
David Mermin: “To those for whom nonlocality is anathema, Bell’s Theorem finally spells the death of the hidden-variables program.” In an interesting recent series of papers H. P.
Bell Locality and the Nonlocal Character of Nature
Such an assumption is anathema to a cryptographer, especially when there exist provably secure classical authentication protocols .
Can Quantum Cryptography Imply Quantum Mechanics?
Normally one considers higher-derivative theories to be anathema since higher-derivative field equations generically have unstable runaway solutions, and the above calculation shows why these do not pose problems for the effective field theory.
Quantum Gravity in Everyday Life: General Relativity as an Effective Field Theory
In particular, the notion of state-vector reduction is an anathema to most people who work in quantum cosmology.
Canonical Quantum Gravity and the Problem of Time