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ANATHEMA, eccl. law. A punishment by which a person is separate from, the body of the church, and forbidden all intercourse with the faithful: it differs from excommunication, which simply forbids the person excommunicated, from going into the church and communicating with the faithful. Gal. 1. 8, 9.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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So it is the need of the hour to rescue the nation from the heinous clutches of this anathema and put the nation on the path of progress and prosperity.
This is (or ought to be) total anathema to any fair-minded supporter of British law!
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Professor Stephen Hawking took to the stage with Anathema to perform a version of Pink Floyd's Keep Talking, which famously sampled the scientist's voice in 1994.
WHILST the march to restore the Birmingham library opening times was admirable, the solution is simple - But it would be anathema to both the council and some of the people of the city.
WHILST the march for the library opening times was admirable, the solution is simple, but would be such an anathema to both the council and some of the people of the city.
It is a free school, and therefore is seen by some, such as Shadow Education spokesman Tristram Hunt, as anathema.
I find anathema to be such an odd and interesting word.
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Now, I know contemplation of Mr Blair is anathema to many people, but it was the lonely and rather forlorn figure of the former Prime Minister at the service that several people have raised with me.
Once anathema to her party members for her feudal arrogance and factional ways, she has of late made it a point to keep all party leaders in the loop with her decisions and initiatives.