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  • Coal power plants are anathema to the environmental group.
  • Extremists are anathema in American politics.
  • He shrank from the venerable saint as if to avoid an anathema.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Young Goodman Brown
  • Written in 1938 when pacifism was anathema to the American left and most of the center,
    Dalton Trumbo  --  Johnny Got His Gun

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  • The Germans had been cursed without cessation and for so long that the dirtiest anathema, no matter how novel, sounded vapid; better to let the tongue fall dumb.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Though it was now dark, I knew he was awake; because I heard him fulminating strange anathemas at finding himself lying in a pool of water.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • She made coffee, went to the post office, and took care of the copying, but conventional office hours or work routines were anathema to her.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Stubb was struck by a shower of outcries and anathemas proceeding from the Captain’s round-house abaft; and looking in that direction saw a fiery face thrust from behind the door, which was held ajar from within.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • If the children gathered about her, as they sometimes did, Pearl would grow positively terrible in her puny wrath, snatching up stones to fling at them, with shrill, incoherent exclamations, that made her mother tremble, because they had so much the sound of a witch’s anathemas in some unknown tongue.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • The mere word was anathema to him, and he stormed back and forth in excoriating condemnation, shaking a piercing finger of rebuke in the guilt-ridden faces of Colonel Cathcart, Colonel Korn and the poor battle-scarred captain with the submachine gun who commanded the M.P.s.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22

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  • Andrews’ educated accent and the formal quality of his college-trained intelligence were anathema to Perry, who though he had not gone beyond third grade, imagined himself more learned than most of his acquaintances, and enjoyed correcting them, especially their grammar and pronunciation.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • If Marguerite had not taken up his time, if the soldiers had had a grain of intelligence, if …. it was a long "if," and Chauvelin stood for a moment quite still, and enrolled thirty odd people in one long, overwhelming anathema.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Charles is horrified at the ill-judged marriage he has brought upon himself, complete with an offer of a job in business (anathema to a Victorian gentleman).
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • To the ruling faction, the agreement was anathema.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • "You’re anathema accursed, as it is," Grigory suddenly burst out, "and how dare you argue, you rascal, after that, if—"
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • "Ideas!" he exclaimed, reaching for the poker—and they were outside the low door in the twinkling of an eye, standing in the level rays of sunset on the sandy street, while his anathemas or whatever they may have been rumbled behind them from the dark interior.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • In the taking of legal oaths, for instance, deponents seem to enjoy themselves mightily when they come to several good words in succession, for the expression of one idea; as, that they utterly detest, abominate, and abjure, or so forth; and the old anathemas were made relishing on the same principle.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • But I found that such a meeting was anathema to ANC leaders in Natal.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • Between them the two families got a great portion of her private savings out of her, and finally she fled to London followed by the anathemas of both, and determined to seek for servitude again as infinitely less onerous than liberty.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • "He that is accursed, let him be accursed still," was the pitiless anathema written in this spoliated effort of his new-born solicitousness.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Change is a banker’s anathema.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • They would hear of his doings though, of how in the next summer after he removed to the country he invaded a protracted al fresco church revival being held in a nearby grove and turned it into a week of amateur horse racing while to a dwindling congregation gaunt, fanaticfaced country preachers thundered anathema from the rustic pulpit at his oblivious and unregenerate head.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • Suspending those who had crowned the young prince, Denying the legality of his coronation; Binding with the chains of anathema, Using every means in your power to evince The King’s faithful servants, everyone who transacts His business in his absence, the business of the nation.
    T.S. Eliot  --  Murder in the Cathedral
  • His name and memory are anathema to anyone who aspires to wear the ring.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • By this, the long wished-for opportunity was offered to "True" Socialism of confronting the political movement with the Socialist demands, of hurling the traditional anathemas against liberalism, against representative government, against bourgeois competition, bourgeois freedom of the press, bourgeois legislation, bourgeois liberty and equality, and of preaching to the masses that they had nothing to gain, and everything to lose, by this bourgeois movement.
    Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels  --  The Communist Manifesto
  • Small wonder it is anathema to these cold children of the Other.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • To many staunchly pacifist Quakers any step that led nearer to all-out war was anathema.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • This choice was anathema to Sullivan, who abhorred derivative architecture, but during the meeting he made no objection.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • "One will serve as well as another," the queen announced abruptly, "but whosoever dons the crystal crown must pronounce an anathema upon the Imp."
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • The same anonymous watchman of the /North American Review/ who protested against /to locate/ pronounced his anathema upon "such barbarous terms as /presidential/ and /congressional/," but the plain need for them kept them in the language.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • 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.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • Otherwise, he drove Gant’s car—a 1913 five-passenger Ford, purchase of an inspired hour of madness, occupant now of half Gant’s conversation, object of abuse, boast, and anathema.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • —2d, He hath held communication with an excommunicated person, capital 57, ’Ut fratres non participent cum excommunicatis’, and therefore hath a portion in ’Anathema Maranatha’.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • She had heard of the anathema flung by Maule, the executed wizard, against Colonel Pyncheon and his posterity,—that God would give them blood to drink,—and likewise of the popular notion, that this miraculous blood might now and then be heard gurgling in their throats.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • The venerable Frederic Harrison, writing in the /Fortnightly Review/ in the Spring of 1918, denounced this tendency with a vigor recalling the classical anathemas of Dean Alford and Sydney Smith.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • She kept the tree deftly between them and, when his attention was diverted for a moment to the flood of anathema, tore off on fearquick feet, streetward to the haven of the Tarkintons’ house.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Treadstone was anathema, a discredited strategy, a major embarrassment.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • Like a cadet expelled for an honor violation, he became anathema and his memory was erased as though he had never existed, as though he had never stepped outside the rail on fourth division, as though he had not hung from his belt as we lay sleeping in the barracks.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • For as soon as I say to those enemies, ’No, I’m not a Christian, and I curse my true God,’ then at once, by God’s high judgment, I become immediately and specially anathema accursed, and am cut off from the Holy Church, exactly as though I were a heathen, so that at that very instant, not only when I say it aloud, but when I think of saying it, before a quarter of a second has passed, I am cut off.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • And the quiet one talked—talked himself from a low fierce mutter into a howling anathema of bitterness and hate that carried his voice, high and passionate, across all the sleeping world of night and rustling autumn.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • …and one on Short Oak, valued at $600, $900, and $1,600 respectively, and drawing a room-rental of $8, $12, and $17 a month (total: $3,100 and $37 rental); two houses across the river, four miles away in West Altamont, valued at $2,750 and at $3,500, drawing a rental of $22 and $30 a month; three lots, lost in the growth of a rough hillside, a mile from the main highway through West Altamont, $500; and a house, unoccupied, object of Gantian anathema, on Lower Hatton Avenue, $4,500.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • But conspicuous speech of the evening was witty Joseph Gray’s apostrophe to eminent astronomer Jacob Brown, subtle logician Jacob White, etc., etc.[26] Richard Grant White, a year or two later, joined the attack in the New York /Galaxy/, and William Cullen Bryant included the omission of the article in his /Index Expurgatorius/, but these anathemas were as ineffective as Gould’s irony.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Ben went to Baltimore with Helen and Gant, who, before entering the hospital again for radium treatment, had gone on a violent and unruly spree which had compelled their rapid transference from one hotel to another and had finally brought Gant moaning to his bed, hurling against God the anathemas that should have been saved for huge riotings in raw oysters washed down chaotically with beer and whisky.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Never; and if the Pyncheons had always acted so nobly, I doubt whether an old wizard Maule’s anathema, of which you told me once, would have had much weight with Providence against them."
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • The /Annual/, in 1808, pronounced its high curse and anathema upon "that torrent of barbarous phraseology" which was pouring across the Atlantic, and which threatened "to destroy the purity of the English language.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • The idea that you earn things - that you earn respect, that you earn income, responsibility, the vote, punishment... these ideas are anathema to the liberal mind.
    Dennis Prager
  • His beliefs should have made him anathema, but he was so personable, people tended not to notice.
  • When she was alone, I could hear her pronouncing anathemas over Dr. Flint and all his tribe, every now and then saying, with a chuckling laugh, "Dis nigger’s too cute for ’cause dis time."
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • And if once you’re anathema they won’t pat you on the head for it in hell.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Tell me this, O ass; you may be right before your enemies, but you have renounced your faith all the same in your own heart, and you say yourself that in that very hour you became anathema accursed.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
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