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anathema meaning and definition

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Definition of anathema (noun)

  1. Someone or something that is vehemently disliked.
    • "To the environmentalist, the gas-guzzling SUV is an anathema."
    • "His ideas were an anathema to those who believe in social equality."
    • "Despite its popularity, modern art remains an anathema to some."
    • synonyms: bete noire
  2. A formal curse by a pope or a council of the Church, excommunicating a person or denouncing a doctrine.
    • "The act of selling indulgences was declared anathema by the church reformers."
    • "The pope issued an anathema, severing the heretic from the church."
    • "The doctrines of the sect were branded as anathema."
Source: Princeton University Wordnet

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