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You will do the anathema--rueful rather than enraged--from the tent opening.

God commands Moses to devote to anathema the Canaanites of the kingdom of Arad.

He devotes also to anathema all the nations of the land of Canaan.

Then he flung a hand out at Rotherby in a gesture of repudiation, of anathema.

There should be launched upon him the anathema of an outraged people.

Why was he thus singled out for the anathema of four centuries?

Schumann was not understood; Chopin was misunderstood; and Liszt was anathema.

He even pronounced his anathema upon any who taught other doctrine.

And would the bishop, by all that was invokeable, kindly defer his anathema?

He then knotted the cord of anathema round the daring conspirators.

WORD ORIGIN

1520s, "an accursed thing," from Latin anathema "an excommunicated person; the curse of excommunication," from Greek anathema "a thing accursed," originally "a thing devoted," literally "a thing set up (to the gods)," from ana- "up" (see ana-) + tithenai "to place," from PIE root *dhe- "to put, to do" (see factitious).

Originally simply a votive offering, by the time it reached Latin the meaning had progressed through "thing devoted to evil," to "thing accursed or damned." Later applied to persons and the Divine Curse. Meaning "formal act or formula of consigning to damnation" is from 1610s.

Anathema maranatha, taken as an intensified form, is a misreading of the Syriac maran etha "the Lord hath come," which follows anathema in I Cor. xvi:22, but is not connected with it (see Maranatha).

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