This word occurs in the in 9:3 and I 12:3. It means anything (or anyone) devoted to . Hence, it is considered a curse. The great curse of the is excommunicating a person or a doctrine or practice as damnable.

This anathema is pronounced against , usually by the authority of a Church . are pronounced against those who insist on contradicting the dogma accepted by the council.

Among the famous anathemas in the Church history were the sent to by St. and his . The last chapter of the Book of the Professions of the Fathers is a of the anathemas of the Fathers of the Church, such as the , of , Cyril of , and .

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