[ɐnˈaθɛmə], [ɐnˈaθɛmə], [ɐ_n_ˈa_θ_ɛ_m_ə]

Definitions of anathema:

  1.   ( orig.) An offering made and set up in a temple: an ecclesiastical curse: any person or thing anathematized. – The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  2.   An ecclesiastical curse; imprecation. – The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  3.   The solemn curse of the Church in excommunication; any curse; the thing or person so cursed. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4.   A curse; a separation for destruction. – Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  5.   A curse solemnly pronounced by ecclesiastical authority, and accompanied by excommunication. The person or thing accursed; a curse generally; a religious offering. – Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

Quotes for anathema:

  1. I think it's still hard for me to turn down work if it's really good because for so many years I was so desperate to get a job and couldn't and so it's kind of an anathema for me to turn down work. – Matt Damon
  2. The Galatians are severely censured for giving heed to false doctrines, and are called to pronounce even an apostle anathema if he preached another gospel. – Charles Hodge
  3. The idea that you earn things- that you earn respect, that you earn income, responsibility. the vote, punishment... these ideas are anathema to the liberal mind. – Dennis Prager
  4. I have come to realize that Jesse Helms stands for everything in politics that is anathema to me. – William Weld

Usage examples for anathema:

  1. The Jewish authorities, however, did not relax their vigilance, but threatened to repeat the anathema – Some Jewish Witnesses For Christ by Rev. A. Bernstein, B.D.
  2. But, as we have seen, the canons of the early councils, upon which the bigots relied for their authority, made no distinction whatever between the different classes of public performers: actors, singers, dancers, mountebanks, jugglers, and circus performers were all included in one common anathema – Queens of the French Stage by H. Noel Williams
  3. Had he been a Protestant his vices would have made him anathema but, being what he was, his fellow- villagers had treated him with kindness. ” – The Weavers, Complete by Gilbert Parker Last Updated: March 14, 2009
  4. She overwhelmed Dick Povey with her anathema of Federation, for Dick was a citizen of Hanbridge, where this detestable movement for Federation had had its birth. ” – The Old Wives' Tale by Arnold Bennett
  5. Thereupon old Saracinesca, whose blood was roused by the atrocity, delivered a terrible anathema against the murderous wretches who had ruined the building, and expressed himself in favour of burning them alive, a fate, indeed, far too good for them. ” – Sant' Ilario by F. Marion Crawford
  6. Then, with a suppressed anathema he stepped into his folding tub and emptied the arctic contents of the water pitcher over himself. ” –  by
  7. Some of the Anglo- Saxon delegates took other ground, feeling unable to countenance the postulate underlying those demands, namely, that the Teuton race was to be forever anathema – The Inside Story Of The Peace Conference by Emile Joseph Dillon
  8. The Bishop, alarmed at the influence his enemies might possibly obtain, offered to recall his anathema on condition that Kassa would expel De Jacobis. ” – A Narrative of Captivity in Abyssinia With Some Account of the Late Emperor Theodore, His Country and People by Henry Blanc
  9. The law was anathema to him. ” – The Law-Breakers by Ridgwell Cullum
  10. The Protestant dissenters, through fear or hatred of the Catholics, consented to be placed under the general anathema with a sort of understanding that, when the danger was over, they should be relieved from its pressure. ” – Sketches of Reforms and Reformers, of Great Britain and Ireland by Henry B. Stanton

Rhymes for anathema:

  • fatima, fatimah;