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a·nath·e·ma [uh-nath-uh-muh]

noun, plural a·nath·e·mas.

  1. a person or thing detested or loathed: That subject is anathema to him.
  2. a person or thing accursed or consigned to damnation or destruction.
  3. a formal ecclesiastical curse involving excommunication.
  4. any imprecation of divine punishment.
  5. a curse; execration.

1520–30;  < Latin  < Greek:  a thing accursed, devoted to evil, orig. devoted, equivalent to ana ( ti ) thé ( nai ) to set up + -ma  noun suffix

Example sentences

  • Normally, such lack of distinction would be anathema .
  • Blind faith is anathema  to science.
  • She is among the golfers who contend that carts are anathema  to the sport.
  • Tax increases are anathema , but contrary to common belief, there are few easy
[from Unabridged. Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014. ]