Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To proclaim an anathema on; curse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To cause to be, or to declare as, an anathema or evil.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To pronounce an anathema against; to curse. Hence: To condemn publicly as something accursed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To pronounce an anathema against; denounce; curse.
  • To pronounce anathemas; curse.
  • Also spelled anathematise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. curse or declare to be evil or anathema or threaten with divine punishment

Etymologies

Late Latin anathematīzāre, from Greek anathematizein, from anathema, anathemat-, anathema; see anathema.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • But he began to curse -- "anathematize," or wish himself accursed if what he was now to say was not true. and to swear -- or to take a solemn oath. saying, I know not this man of whom ye speak.

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • At Nuremberg, our civilization developed a vehicle to anathematize men imbued with evil.

    Terror on Trial

  • These same people who anathematize Israel do not march against China for its rape of Tibet, against North Korea for its threatened obliteration of the South, against the Arab nations that have barred other religions from practice and discriminated in vicious and consistent ways against women, homosexuals and dissidents.

    Rabbi David Wolpe: In Israel Debate, These Jews Should Be Ignored

  • The Obama Disconnect was extremely well calculated to call out to those glimmerings, and Micah has chosen to encourage Obama's best instincts rather than anathematize him for going over the the Dark Side of the Force.

    Saul Alinsky on Barack Obama and OFA, via Ralph Benko

  • Marginalize, privatize, anathematize: These are the successive goals of gay-marriage advocates when it comes to their opponents.

    On gay marriage, stop playing the hate card

  • Clearly a determined effort is afoot, in cultural bastions controlled by the left, to anathematize traditional views of sexual morality, particularly opposition to same-sex marriage, as the expression of "hate" that cannot be tolerated in a decent civil society.

    On gay marriage, stop playing the hate card

  • If orthodoxy involves assenting to the creeds of Nicaea and Chalcedon, then can one accept the doctrinal formulations of these documents while at the same time rejecting the authority of the church to define doctrine and anathematize dissenters?

    Can Protestants be orthodox?

  • Insiders may anathematize deviationism, but ordinary readers know better.

    “Un-American”

  • "Insiders may anathematize deviationism, but ordinary readers know better."

    “Un-American”

  • Make no mistake: I loathe, I anathematize, all the fiercely malignant, greedy, mean-spirited, rubber-stamping, corporofascist Republican leaders, but they can neither surprise nor wound me.

    Frank Dwyer: Throw the Bums Out ... Ours, Too

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