anathematize

verb anath·e·ma·tize \ -ˌtīz \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of anathematize

anathematized; anathematizing
transitive verb
: to pronounce an anathema upon

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Examples of anathematize in a Sentence

  1. heretics anathematized by the church leaders

  2. fundamentalist preachers who anathematize any departure from a literal interpretation of the Bible

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When 16th-century English speakers needed a verb meaning "to condemn by anathema" (that is, by an official curse from church authority), "anathematize" proved to be just the right word. But "anathematize" didn't originate in English as a combination of the noun "anathema" and the suffix -ize. Rather, our verb is based on forebears in Late Latin ("anathematizare") and Greek ("anathematizein"). "Anathematize" can still indicate solemn, formal condemnation, but today it can also have milder applications. The same is true of "anathema," which now often means simply "a vigorous denunciation."

First Known Use of anathematize

1566

anathematize Synonyms

Synonyms
curse, beshrew [archaic], imprecate, maledict
Antonyms
bless
Related Words
condemn, damn, denounce, execrate, reprobate; hex, jinx, voodoo; dang, darn (also durn), dash; cuss (out), fulminate (against), rail (against), revile
Near Antonyms
applaud, commend, congratulate

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