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 — more at do

First Known Use: 1526

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

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