1. A ban or curse pronounced with religious solemnity by ecclesiastical authority, and accompanied by excommunication. Hence: Denunciation of anything as accursed. [They] denounce anathem as against unbelievers. (Priestley)
3. Any person or thing anathematized, or cursed by ecclesiastical authority. The Jewish nation were an anathema destined to destruction. St. Paul . . . Says he could wish, to save them from it, to become an anathema, and be destroyed himself. (Locke) anathema Maranatha (see), an expression commonly considered as a highly intensified form of anathema. Maran atha is now considered as a separate sentence, meaning, Our lord cometh.