A ban or curse pronounced with religious solemnity by ecclesiastical authority and associated with excommunication Hence Denunciation of such a thing as accursed
- a detested person
- a formal ecclesiastical curse followed closely by excommunication
- A ban or curse pronounced with spiritual solemnity by ecclesiastical authority, and accompanied by excommunication. Ergo: Denunciation of any such thing as accursed.
- An imprecation; a curse; a malediction.
- Any person or thing anathematized, or cursed by ecclesiastical authority.
Separated, set apart.
Name Origin: Biblical
Name Gender: Female
n ecclesiastical punishment where an individual is divided from the human body associated with chapel, and forbidden all sexual intercourse aided by the members of exactly the same.
1520s, "an accursed thing," from Latin anathema "an excommunicated person; the curse of excommunication," from Greek anathema "something accursed," initially "something committed," virtually "anything create (on gods)," from ana- "up" (see ana-) + tithenai "to put, location" (identify motif). Initially simply a votive offering, once it achieved Latin the meaning had progressed through "thing specialized in wicked," to "thing accursed or damned." Later on put on individuals and the Divine Curse. Meaning "formal work or formula of consigning to damnation" is from 1610s. Anathema maranatha, taken as an intensified form, is a misreading associated with Syriac maran etha "the Lord hath come," which follows anathema in we Cor. xvi:22, but is not associated with it (see Maranatha).
(n.) A ban or curse pronounced with spiritual solemnity by ecclesiastical authority, and combined with excommunication. Therefore: Denunciation of any such thing as accursed.
- (letter.) An imprecation; a curse; a malediction.
- (letter.) Anybody or thing anathematized, or cursed by ecclesiastical authority.
Almost immediately the entire assembly with one voice cried out anathema on the impious Nestorius and his impious doctrines, and after various extracts from the writings of church fathers had been read the decree of his exclusion from the episcopate and from all priestly communion was solemnly read and signed by all present, whose numbers had by this time swelled to one hundred and ninety-eight.