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anathema (noun) the opposite of what one likes or believes in, and so, hates it.

Terrorism and extremism are an anathema to people who love peace and order. That is, peace lovers find the acts of terrorists very hateful. To a democrat and a lover of order, anarchy is an anathema. That is, a person who likes democracy and an orderly system strongly disapproves of any attempts to upset them. Hard work and activeness are anathema to a lazy person.

  • Even the mention of capitalism, free enterprise, and transparency in government was anathema to the erstwhile USSR.
  • During the colonial period in African countries, blacks participating in the government was anathema to the white minority.
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