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Term: Anathema

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Anathema: Originally a Greek word that meant lifting something as an offering to the gods. The meaning has changed over time to virtually the opposite, including a curse (such as would be placed by a magician on another person) and part of the formula used by the Catholic church during the excommunication of a heretic. Other meanings include to be set apart, banished, exiled, or denounced.


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