anathema


anathema
anathema (n.) 1520s, "an accursed thing," from L. anathema "an excommunicated person; the curse of excommunication," from Gk. anathema "a thing accursed," originally "a thing devoted," lit. "a thing set up (to the gods)," from ana- "up" (see ANA- (Cf. ana-)) + tithenai "to place," from PIE root *dhe- "to put, to do" (see FACTITIOUS (Cf. factitious)). 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.
Anathema maranatha, taken as an intensified form, is a misreading of the Syriac maran etha "the Lord hath come," which follows anathema in I Cor. xvi:22, but is not connected with it (see MARANATHA (Cf. Maranatha)).

Etymology dictionary. 2014.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Anathema — Anathema …   Deutsch Wörterbuch

  • Anathema — • Placed on high, suspended, set aside Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Anathema     Anathema     † …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Anathema — (in Greek Ανάθεμα) meaning originally something lifted up as an offering to the gods; later, with evolving meanings, it came to mean: # to be formally set apart, # banished, exiled, excommunicated or # denounced, sometimes… …   Wikipedia

  • Anathema — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Para el vocablo griego, véase Anatema. Anathema Anathema tocando en vivo en España en 2007 …   Wikipedia Español

  • Anathema — Фестиваль Festimad 2007, Мадрид …   Википедия

  • Anathema — sur scène en 2007. Pays d’origine Liverpool …   Wikipédia en Français

  • ANATHEMA — ut et Devotio ac Sacrum, interdum rem pietatis ergo Numini sacratam, interdum diris onustam denotat; cum scil. utraque devovebatur, haec ut malorum Vindici, illa ut bonorum Auctori Conservatorique. Unde et Hebraeum Cherem, seu Anathema aut… …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • Anathema — A*nath e*ma, n.; pl. {Anathemas}. [L. anath[e^]ma, fr. Gr. ? anything devoted, esp. to evil, a curse; also L. anath[=e]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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • anathema — 1. The meaning has changed over several centuries of use. Originally a Greek word meaning ‘a thing dedicated’ it then came to mean ‘a thing dedicated to evil; an accursed thing’ and then, in the context of the Christian Church, ‘the act or… …   Modern English usage

  • Anathēma — Anathēma, 1) (gr. Ant.), ein, einer Gottheit geweihtes Geschenk, bes. Kränze, Gewänder, Gefäße, erbeutete Waffen, Kunstwerke etc., um, mit Inschriften versehen, od. von einer Votivtafel od. einem Gemälde begleitet, im Tempel niedergelegt od.… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.