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anathemas


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Anathema  \A*nath"e*ma\,  n.;  pl  {Anathemas}.  [L.  anath?ma,  fr 
  Gr  ?  anything  devoted,  esp.  to  evil,  a  curse;  also  L. 
  anath?ma,  fr  Gr  ?  a  votive  offering;  all  fr  ?  to  set  up  as 
  a  votive  gift,  dedicate;  ?  up  +  ?  to  set  See  {Thesis}.] 
  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. 
 
  {Anathema  Maranatha}(see  --1  Cor.  xvi.  22),  an  expression 
  commonly  considered  as  a  highly  intensified  form  of 
  anathema.  Maran  atha  is  now  considered  as  a  separate 
  sentence,  meaning,  ``Our  Lord  cometh.'' 




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