anathematize

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  • IPA(key): /əˈnæ.θə.mə.taɪz/

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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, chapter 3, in White Jacket:
      These are the fellows that some officers never pretend to damn, however much they may anathematize others.
    • 1907, B. M. Bower, chapter 9, in Rowdy of the Cross L:
      Rowdy had been heard, more than once lately, to anathematize viciously the prairie-dogs for standing on their tails and chip-chip-chipping at them as they went by.
    • 1914 October 11, The Sunday Times, Perth, Australia, page 1, column 9:
      "Next!" steps gingerly in to confront the medical eye fastened questioningly upon him. "Crook in the guts," he says tersely. The picturesque reports of previously treated and disgusted patients - have left him doubtful, and he casts, an 'anathematising eye upon the "Black Jack" bottle. "Tabloids and duty!" says the doctor, and the sufferer sighs with relief.
    • 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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