Word of the day

The word for today is…

anathema (noun) – 1. A formal ecclesiastical ban, curse, or excommunication.
2. A vehement denunciation; a curse.
3. One that is cursed or damned.
4. One that is greatly reviled, loathed, or shunned.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : 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” + tithenai “to put, place” .

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.


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