Posts tagged ‘anathema’

October 26th, 2012

Anathema


A is for ANATHEMA

Continuing our Twelve Thousand Words celebration, by Karen Jeynes.

Coming in at number ten on your favourite words list, this is a delightfully specific word, meaning one that is cursed by a religious authority, from the original Greek “a thing accursed” – in this sense it is equivalent to haraam. Anathemata are gifts offered to God. Anathema has acquired the additional meaning of someone or something intensely hated or loathed. Thus there are those who might say that raisins are anathema to them. The Islamic faith might say Salman Rushdie is anathema to it.