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This week in AWAD: assorted words.
anathema (uh-NATH-uh-muh) noun
1. Something or someone intensely disliked.
2. A ban, curse, or vigorous denunciation.
[From Late Latin, from Greek anathema (something devoted to evil).]
"Our columnist, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, may well be right that Madonna should be considered anathema to the feminist movement because she has 'spawned a tragic world where, according to Time magazine, 40 percent of American teenage girls now wear thongs and thousands of college girls lift their shirts in exchange for a T-shirt.'" Welcome, Madonna; Jerusalem Post (Israel); Sep 19, 2004.
War would end if the dead could return. -Stanley Baldwin, statesman (1867-1947)