Defined:  a person or thing who is detested or hated.  NOUN

Adolf Hitler is an example of an anathema.


Evolution is anathema to fundamental Christian doctrine.  Creationism is anathema to evolutionists.  Whatever the anathema, it is essential that the disdain or condemnation be absolute.  Which may be why an intelligent design is finding so little support.

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Webster’s New World

a thing or person accursed or damned
a thing or person greatly detested
a solemn ecclesiastical condemnation of a teaching judged to be gravely opposed to accepted church doctrine, or of the originators or supporters of such a teaching
the excommunication often accompanying or following this condemnation

(Webster’s New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.  Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)

American Heritage

A formal ecclesiastical ban, curse, or excommunication.
A vehement denunciation; a curse: “the sound of a witch’s anathemas in some unknown tongue” (Nathaniel Hawthorne).
One that is cursed or damned.
One that is greatly reviled, loathed, or shunned: “Essentialism—a belief in natural, immutable sex differences—is anathema to postmodernists, for whom sexuality itself, along with gender, is a ‘social construct’” (Wendy Kaminer).

(The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.)


2 thoughts on “Anathema

  1. Reading “Adolf Hitler is an example of an anathema.”, Amadeus came into my mind! Ama Deus, Loved by God, seems to be some sort of antonym of Anathema! It is not an antonym, but “some sort” of…

  2. I must visit this site three times a day in order to improve my understanding of rock/metal music! Dystopia is an album name of Iced Earth, and Anathema is a rock band, and I’ve had no clue about their meaning! I could check out a dictionary, but obviously I didn’t… Until now! And more than that I have 3 Free Words A Day! 🙂

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