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Definition someone or something that is intensely disliked
  • Coal power plants are anathema to the environmental group.
anathema = someone or something that is intensely disliked
  • Extremists are anathema in American politics.
  • He shrank from the venerable saint as if to avoid an anathema.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Young Goodman Brown
  • anathema = someone or something that is intensely disliked
  • Written in 1938 when pacifism was anathema to the American left and most of the center,
    Dalton Trumbo  --  Johnny Got His Gun
  • anathema = something intensely disliked
  • 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.
  • To the ruling faction, the agreement was anathema.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • Small wonder it is anathema to these cold children of the Other.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • But I found that such a meeting was anathema to ANC leaders in Natal.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • His name and memory are anathema to anyone who aspires to wear the ring.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • "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
  • "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
  • 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
  • Change is a banker's anathema.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • 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
  • "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
  • To many staunchly pacifist Quakers any step that led nearer to all-out war was anathema.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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