n-- a religious curse, or the thing or person being cursed
Looks like: an anthem
Picture: A man who, many years ago, fled his native country because of the cruel government in power there. Now, as an old man, he finds a record in his attic. When he plays the record, he hears, for the first time in four decades, the national anthem of his former home. The song reminds him of the cruel dictator still in power and he spits on the record, cursing the words, the dictator, and the entire government. The anthem is now anthema to him.
Sentence: For many people in India, the killing of cows in anathema.