Word of the Day: anathema

anath·e·ma noun \ə-ˈna-thə-mə\: someone or something that is very strongly disliked

Full Definition of ANATHEMA

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>

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

Origin of ANATHEMA

Late Latin anathemat-, anathema, from Greek, thing devoted to evil, curse, from anatithenai to set up, dedicate, from ana- + tithenai to place, set

First Known Use: 1526

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Definition source: http://www.merriam-webster.com

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