anathema

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Synonyms for anathema

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a denunciation invoking a wish or threat of evil or injury

an object of extreme dislike

Synonyms for anathema

a detested person

a formal ecclesiastical curse accompanied by excommunication

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The latter more than once received from his lips curses as sententious and as complicated as that celebrated anathema of the church, for a knowledge of which most unlettered Protestants are indebted to the pious researches of the worthy Tristram Shandy.
Pickwick bestowed a look of excessive disgust on his unwelcome visitor, and would probably have hurled some tremendous anathema at the heads of Messrs.
Far from anathemas, these are virtually point-by-point correlations with the Lockean ideas listed above.
Drury's argument, however, oversteps the bounds of reasonable evidence when she claims that the legacy of modernity 'was anathema to the Catholic Church and her popes--and still is' (9: italics mine).
One way to bridge the gap between Pauline anathemas and Christian love is to declare that a homosexual orientation is acceptable so long as it doesn't lead to homosexual acts.
Conservatives think marriage is too loosely conceived and see the encroachments of anathemas like gay marriage, polygamy, and no-fault divorce as the culprits.
Peck: We will get to those in a moment, but first, you seem to favor Medicaid block grants, which are anathemas to many nursing homes.