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[uh-nath-uh-muh-tahyz] /əˈnæθ ə məˌtaɪz/
verb (used with object), anathematized, anathematizing.
to pronounce an anathema against; denounce; curse.
verb (used without object), anathematized, anathematizing.
to pronounce anathemas; curse.
Also, especially British, anathematise.
Origin of anathematize
1560-70; (< Middle French) < Late Latin anathematizāre to put under the ban, curse, detest < Greek anathematízein to bind by a curse, make accursed, equivalent to anathemat- (stem of anáthema) + -izein -ize
Related forms
anathematization, noun
anathematizer, noun
deanathematize, verb (used with object), deanathematized, deanathematizing. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for anathematization
Historical Examples
  • Venerable parent promptly resorts to anathematization, and turns him out.

    Our Mutual Friend Charles Dickens
  • One bishop earnestly recommends the Jewish anathematization, Let neither party ever be spoken to again.

    The Myth in Marriage Alice Hubbard
British Dictionary definitions for anathematization


to pronounce an anathema (upon a person, etc); curse
Derived Forms
anathematization, anathematisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for anathematization

1590s, from Medieval Latin anathematizationem (nominative anathematizatio), noun of action from past participle stem of anathematizare (see anathematize). Earlier was anathemization (1540s).



"to pronounce an anathema against," 1560s, from French anathématiser (Old French anatemer), from Latin anathematizare, from Greek anathematizein "to devote (to evil)," from stem of anathema. Alternative anathemize (1670s) is less correct and more rare. Related: Anathematized; anathematizing.

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