nounWord forms: plural aˈnathemas
1. a thing or person accursed or damned
2. a thing or person greatly detested
4. greatly detested
5. viewed as accursed or damned
6. subjected to an ecclesiastical anathema
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Word origin of 'anathema'
LL(Ec) < Gr, thing devoted to evil; previously, anything devoted < anatithenai
, to dedicate < ana-
, up + tithenai
, to place: see do1