Definition of anathematize in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈnaθəmətʌɪz/
(also anathematise)


[with object]
Curse; condemn: he anathematized them as ‘bloody scroungers’
More example sentences
  • And funniest of all, Bill anathematizes the double standards of his critics!
  • And, of course, non-liberal commentators have filled libraries anathematizing Roe for having launched a social revolution on the back of one of the flimsiest, most willful constitutional inventions in American history.
  • Here, given the two parties' equal acceptance of temporary and material immediacy, this form of postmodern heresy charge might be an improvement: it just anathematizes a competing sameness.


Mid 16th century: from French anathématiser, from Latin anathematizare, from Greek anathematizein, from anathema (see anathema).

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