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anathema

(ənă`thĭmə) [Gr.,=something set up; dedicated to a divinity as a votive offering], term that came to denote something devoted to a divinity for destruction. In the Bible, the term is herem. Anathema means "accursed" in the New Testament, where it clearly suggests separation from God as the penalty. In the early Church and in Judaism contemporaneous with it, it was a penalty conveyed by a decree of excommunicationexcommunication,
formal expulsion from a religious body, the most grave of all ecclesiastical censures. Where religious and social communities are nearly identical it is attended by social ostracism, as in the case of Baruch Spinoza, excommunicated by the Jews.
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anathema

a formal ecclesiastical curse of excommunication or a formal denunciation of a doctrine
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By this, the long wished-for opportunity was offered to "True" Socialism of confronting the political movement with the Socialist demands, of hurling the traditional anathemas against liberalism, against representative government, against bourgeois competition, bourgeois freedom of the press, bourgeois legislation, bourgeois liberty and equality, and of preaching to the masses that they had nothing to gain, and everything to lose, by this bourgeois movement.
Between them the two families got a great portion of her private savings out of her, and finally she fled to London followed by the anathemas of both, and determined to seek for servitude again as infinitely less onerous than liberty.
Though it was now dark, I knew he was awake; because I heard him fulminating strange anathemas at finding himself lying in a pool of water.
In the taking of legal oaths, for instance, deponents seem to enjoy themselves mightily when they come to several good words in succession, for the expression of one idea; as, that they utterly detest, abominate, and abjure, or so forth; and the old anathemas were made relishing on the same principle.
As an Englishman, it goes without saying that any abuse of animals, is anathema to me, and the vast majority of my compatriots.
He told the Reps-elect they have no business with the opposition and that their job on the floor was to keep members elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party as some sort of anathema. At the dinner with the President, he simply barked orders at the Senators-elect, saying something like: 'Ahmad Lawan is our next Senate President; we want a consensus candidate, go and work with him.'
So to be rewarded in such a commercial environment for something that's so anathema to those ideas is really quite humbling.
We need a spirit of mutuality, collaboration and compatriotism to emerge in Britain, where it becomes anathema to any compatriot to design a product only to have it manufactured in Singapore, or anywhere else.
Teachers know that crowded classrooms are anathema to quality education.
The Bears versus the Steelbacks, with a white ball, under lights, music blaring; everything that's anathema to those who hanker for a return to the days of ill-fitting boxes, sunhats and Chris Tavare.
According to(http://www.ibtimes.com/meghan-markles-potential-title-duchess-connaught-criticized-called-appalling-anathema-2672475) Joe McGowan , a resident of County Sligo, "it would be appalling and an anathema to any real Irish person."
He is constantly in danger due to this anathema. The men at the helm of affairs are always evading the situation.