[ uh-nath-uh-muh ]


  1. something or someone that one strongly dislikes
  2. a formal curse by a pope or a council of the Church, excommunicating a person or denouncing a doctrine

Examples of anathema in a sentence:

  • After the world learned of his heinous crimes, the dictator was considered an anathema. 
  • The epidemic which killed dozens of small children was an anathema to the residents of the town.