anathema anathema  /ə ˈnæ θə mə/


  1. (n) a formal ecclesiastical curse accompanied by excommunication
  2. (n) a detested person


  1. The recurrent floods have been the anathema for this country which lies in the delta of two mighty rivers.
  2. Refusing to repent from their sins, Brad and Suzanne became an anathema before the church's congregation.
  3. Refusing to repent from their sins, Brad and Suzanne became an anathema before the church's congregation.


  1. Access Sports Weekly: Dogs burned by Zebras? Uggla warming; and Spurrier's scheming

    Georgia tight end runs after a catch made against Nebraska in last year's Capital One Bowl victory. OK, I still don’t have a catchy name for my weekly summer column -- I know, I know, anathema in today’s press relations, pop culture, Internet, zing, fizz, boom, etc. media market, but there it is.
    on June 11, 2013     Source:

  2. 29 Portraits Showcase The Beauty Of Canadian Moths

    An exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History shows that the moth can give the butterfly a run for its money. To most people, moths are an anathema--pesky buggers that have a voracious appetite for packed away winter clothes. Their drab, gray appearance and fuzzy bodies earn them little sympathy. Unlike their more glamorous, effete cousins, butterflies, they seem to be positively ...
    on June 10, 2013     Source: Fast Company Magazine


  1. Richardson said at the news conference that "the potential for wrongful conviction and, God forbid, execution of an innocent person stands as anathema to our very sensibilities as human beings."
    on Mar 18, 2009 By: Bill Richardson Source: Seattle Times

  2. "If I was writing the bill my own way and had the votes to achieve it, some of those things would be anathema," Menendez said. "But if at the end we have an immigration system that makes sense, then that's a huge success, and we have to...
    on May 3, 2007 By: Robert Menendez Source: FOXNews

  3. "I heard loud and clear in the election that this is anathema to the NDP, but the NDP is wrong," Mr. Rae said. "Economies that thrive, in good and bad times, are the ones that include competitive tax rates, and an environment that encourages...
    on Nov 21, 2008 By: Bob Rae Source: Globe and Mail

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