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(n) curse; something that is greatly disliked. Origin: L ana-, up + thesis, to place => 'to place upon' The idea of leaving his motherland to earn money elsewhere was anathema to the young man. His grandfather had gone to jail for the freedom of this country, how could he leave it? The old man heaped anathema upon all the politicians who had willingly kept his beloved country backward and poor in order to fill their own pockets.