anathematize

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anathematize (third-person singular simple present anathematizes, present participle anathematizing, simple past and past participle anathematized)

  1. (transitive) To cause to be, or to declare as, an anathema or evil.
    • 1850, Herman Melville, White Jacket, ch. 3:
      These are the fellows that some officers never pretend to damn, however much they may anathematize others.
    • 1907, B. M. Bower, Rowdy of the Cross L, ch. 9:
      Rowdy had been heard, more than once lately, to anathematize viciously the prairie-dogs for standing on their tails and chipchip-chipping at them as they went by.
    • 2009, Candace de Russy, "Madness, Thy Name Is 'Stimulus'," American Thinker, 13 Feb. (retrieved 21 Feb. 2009):
      Harvard economist Robert Barro anathematized it as "probably the worst bill that has been put forth since the 1930s" and, in a word, "garbage."

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