anathema

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Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin anathema (curse, person cursed, offering), from Ancient Greek ἀνάθεμα (anathema, something dedicated, especially dedicated to evil), from ἀνατίθημι (anatithēmi, I set upon, offer as a votive gift), from ἀνά (ana, upon) + τίθημι (tithēmi, I put, place). The Ancient Greek term was influenced by Hebrew חרם (herem), leading to the sense of "accursed," especially in Ecclesiastical writers.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ə.ˈnæ.θɛ.mə/
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Noun[edit]

anathema (plural anathemas or anathemata)

  1. A ban or curse pronounced with religious solemnity by ecclesiastical authority, often accompanied by excommunication; something denounced as accursed.
  2. By extension, something which is vehemently disliked by somebody.
  3. An imprecation; a curse; a malediction.
    • 2002, Joseph O'Conner, Star of the Sea, Vintage 2003, p. 30:
      That was a curse from which no flight was possible: the anathema of a man who had once known holiness.
  4. Any person or thing anathematized, or cursed by ecclesiastical authority.

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References[edit]

New Advent: The Catholic on-line encyclopedia.


Latin[edit]

Noun[edit]

anathema n (genitive anathematis); third declension

  1. offering (especially the life of a person)
  2. curse
  3. excommunication

Inflection[edit]

Third declension neuter.

Number Singular Plural
nominative anathema anathemata
genitive anathematis anathematum
dative anathematī anathematibus
accusative anathema anathemata
ablative anathemate anathematibus
vocative anathema anathemata