“Pain and darkness have been our lot since the Fall of Man. But there must be some hope that we can rise to a higher level … that consciousness can evolve to a plane more benevolent than its counterpoint of a universe hardwired to indifference.”
- Dan Simmons, The Fall of Hyperion
1. Someone or something that is very strongly disliked.
2. A formal curse by a pope or a council of the Church, excommunicating a person or denouncing a doctrine.