Part of speech: noun

A formal ecclesiastical curse; also, a person or thing anathematized.

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Usage examples "anathema":

  1. Those who have followed the writer at all closely will have already noticed the irresistible impulse of succeeding generations to secure to themselves the strongest possible anathema with which to carry on all manner of petty hostilities. - "A Cursory History of Swearing", Julian Sharman.
  2. But he had turned away, hands thrust deep into the pockets of his coat, brow rumpled into a frown, jaw set to anathema of the plight in which a needless fortune had plunged him. - "Captivating Mary Carstairs", Henry Sydnor Harrison.
  3. The anathema of the Church went out against the new order. - "History of Modern Europe 1792-1878", C. A. Fyffe.