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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun A*nath"e*ma
  1. A ban or curse pronounced with religious solemnity by ecclesiastical authority, and accompanied by excommunication. Hence: Denunciation of anything as accursed."They] denounce anathemas against unbelievers." [Priestley.]
  2. An imprecation; a curse; a malediction."Finally she fled to London followed by the anathemas of both [families]." [Thackeray.]
  3. Any person or thing anathematized, or cursed by ecclesiastical authority."The Jewish nation were an anathema destined to destruction. St. Paul . . . says he could wish, to save them from it, to become an anathema, and be destroyed himself." [Locke.]

Etymology: L. anathĕma, fr. Gr. � anything devoted, esp. to evil, a curse; also L. anathēma, fr. Gr. � a votive offering; all fr. � to set up as a votive gift, dedicate; � up + � to set. See Thesis

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  1. A formal ecclesiastical curse accompanied by excommunication
  2. A detested person ("he is an anathema to me")

From Late Latin anathema (“curse, person cursed, offering”), from Ancient Greek ἀνάθεμα (anáthema, “something dedicated, especially dedicated to evil”), from ἀνατίθημι (anatíthēmi, “I set upon, offer as a votive gift”), from ἀνά (aná, “upon”) + τίθημι (títhēmi, “I put, place”). The Ancient Greek term was influenced by Hebrew חרם (herem), leading to the sense of "accursed," especially in Ecclesiastical writers.

  1. A ban or curse pronounced with religious solemnity by ecclesiastical authority, often accompanied by excommunication; something denounced as accursed.
  2. By extension, something which is vehemently disliked by somebody.
  3. An imprecation; a curse; a malediction.
  4. Any person or thing anathematized, or cursed by ecclesiastical authority.

anathema was also found in the following language(s): Latin

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Past life for Anathema born Nov 24, 1971

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Hungary approximately on 1775. Your profession was leader, major, and captain.

Psychologically, you were timid, constrained, and quiet. You had creative talents, waited until that life to be liberated. Sometimes environment considered you strange. Your main lesson in present - to develop magnanimity and feeling of brotherhood. Try to become less adhered to material property and learn to have only as many, as you may give back.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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