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anathematize

[uh-nath-uh-muh-tahyz] /əˈnæθ ə məˌtaɪz/
verb (used with object), anathematized, anathematizing.
1.
to pronounce an anathema against; denounce; curse.
verb (used without object), anathematized, anathematizing.
2.
to pronounce anathemas; curse.
Also, especially British, anathematise.
Origin
1560-1570
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.
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Examples for anathematize
  • He likewise commanded those who were present to anathematize him.
British Dictionary definitions for anathematize

anathematize

/əˈnæθɪməˌtaɪz/
verb
1.
to pronounce an anathema (upon a person, etc); curse
Derived Forms
anathematization, anathematisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for anathematize
anathematize
"to pronounce an anathema against," 1560s, from Fr. anathématiser (O.Fr. anatemer), from L. anathematizare, from Gk. anathematizein "to devote to evil," from stem of anathema (q.v.).
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