Definition of anathematize in US English:


(British anathematise)


[with object]
  • Curse; condemn.

    ‘she anathematized Tom as the despoiler of a helpless widow’
    • ‘Is he to be anathematised for rebelling against his father, Henry II, in alliance with Philip Augustus, destined to prove his bitterest and most unscrupulous opponent?’
    • ‘Richard Perle, still a registered Democrat, is anathematized by liberals as a prince of darkness, instead of the defense whiz he is.’
    • ‘Now you might say that's a very small step, but 100 years ago, denominations were very happy to anathematise each other at the drop of a hat, so to speak.’
    • ‘The Bourbon monarchies of Parma and Naples were swept by hysteria, and the Pope anathematized reform as a threat to faith itself.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Although Cockburn has impeccable environmentalist credentials - he's eager to save the redwoods - he was anathematized as ‘seriously warped ‘for holding such heretical notions.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Many Catholic clergy, meanwhile, anathematized any celebration of what had brought the first attack in history on religious practice, using language that had scarcely changed in the course of two centuries.’
    • ‘Thus we feud in our families, anathematize fellow Christians and demonize the stranger.’
    • ‘And funniest of all, Bill anathematizes the double standards of his critics!’
    • ‘Trent, like other councils, anathematized various things and basically said, ‘If you think this, you are not in the Church’.’
    • ‘Indeed, many religious traditions have strongly anathematized medical research of any kind; it wasn't so long ago that doctors and students risked their freedom and even their lives if they dissected human cadavers.’
    • ‘But Catholic missionaries, by omitting one or more persons of the Trinity when they were baptised, were anathematised by the Roman church.’
    • ‘Matters came to a head in 1054 when the two Churches, through their official representatives, excommunicated and anathematized (formally denounced) each other.’
    • ‘The Reformation tended to reinforce the centrality of the family, and thus woman's subservient role as wife and mother - thereby outlawing and anathematising any female role perceived as non-familial or anti-familial.’
    • ‘When Pope John XXIII condemned the Bohemian Reformer John Hus to the flames as a heretic, at the Council of Constance in 1415, he also anathematised the Englishman John Wyclif.’
    • ‘In those long years of Labour supremacy, the right was not merely out of office, but was anathematised and scorned.’
    • ‘Sent to bishops throughout the world, the syllabus warned loyal Catholics everywhere of the pernicious doctrines which the pope had identified and anathematized.’
    • ‘His movement hoped to be accepted as the near contemporary Franciscans were but was anathematised and fiercely persecuted.’
    • ‘For the first time a Council spoke about the role of the Church in the world and urged all Catholics to discuss, not anathematise developments around them; and urged them to engage with the world rather than to retire into a ghetto.’
    criticize, attack, denounce, lash out at, rant at, inveigh against, rail against, fulminate against, run down, find fault with
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Mid 16th century: from French anathématiser, from Latin anathematizare, from Greek anathematizein, from anathema (see anathema).