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His teachings were a __________ to him.

If I use the word anathema here, it would mean something that X abhorred very much. But if I were to contrast this sentence, what should I use, the antonym of anathema ?

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    Logically, you'd think athema. But no. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Apr 20 '17 at 22:53
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    'Delight' seems the obvious answer. – Edwin Ashworth Apr 20 '17 at 23:21
  • I think the best ~adjective~ might be "cherished" but that's not a noun...something that you're drawn to cherish ... hmm – Tom22 Apr 20 '17 at 23:33
  • Sometimes we say something "was as draw" for him. Eample:, "The universities football tradition was a draw for U of ABC with all things being equal between the other schools academically." .. "Draw" is more of a solid attraction while anathema is something that repells immensely and viscerally sickens ... so Draw and Anathema aren't enough on the same scale for me to call it a real answer. ("attraction" could also be a tepid antonym to anathema) – Tom22 Apr 20 '17 at 23:38
  • @EdwinAshworth I like delight – Tom22 Apr 20 '17 at 23:52
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Perhaps beatitude or euphoria would work? Or perhaps blessing? Blessing isn't quite right and I'm not sure that euphoria is the right kind of word to fit in there. But maybe that will help...?

  • I like "blessing." Anathema can mean "[May he be] anathema," meaning may he be cursed or damned. Kind of like "A pox on him!" – rhetorician Apr 21 '17 at 1:27
  • In the Jewish culture, a traditional consolation for someone whose loved one has died is "may his/her memory be a blessing". I rather like that. – Roger Sinasohn Apr 21 '17 at 16:24
  • I rather like that too! Don – rhetorician Apr 21 '17 at 18:14
  • Quite and merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/anathema suggests blessing, alongside benediction and benison… – Robbie Goodwin May 11 '17 at 22:31
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consecration - a solemn commitment of your life or your time to some cherished purpose (to a service or a goal)consecration - "his consecration to study" allegiance, commitment, loyalty, dedication - the act of binding yourself (intellectually or emotionally) to a course of action; "his long commitment to public service"; "they felt no loyalty to a losing team"

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/consecration

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Perhaps his teaching were fundamental to him, the basic principles by which he believed he should live and make decisions.

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His teachings were a __________ to him.

Pleasing to him.

A pleasure for/to him.

Pleasure = you like something and find it pleasurable

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