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Definition of anathema noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

anathema

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//əˈnæθəmə//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈnæθəmə//
 
[uncountable, countable, usually singular] (formal)
 
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a thing or an idea which you hate because it is the opposite of what you believe Racial prejudice is (an) anathema to me. Word Origin early 16th cent.: from ecclesiastical Latin, ‘excommunicated person, excommunication’, from Greek anathema ‘thing dedicated’, (later) ‘thing devoted to evil, accursed thing’, from anatithenai ‘to set up’.
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