jeremiah


jeremiah

noun

  1. a Major Prophet of the 6th and 7th centuries b.c.
  2. a book of the Bible bearing his name. Abbreviation: Jer.
  3. a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “God is high.”

noun

  1. Old Testament
    1. a major prophet of Judah from about 626 to 587 bc
    2. the book containing his oracles
  2. a person who habitually prophesies doom or denounces contemporary society

masc. proper name, Old Testament prophet (see jeremiad) who flourished c.626-586 B.C.E., from Late Latin Jeremias, from Hebrew Yirmeyah, probably literally “may Jehovah exalt,” but Klein suggests it also might be short for Yirmeyahu “the Lord casts, the Lord founds,” and compares the first element in Jerusalem. The vernacular form in English was Jeremy.

A major Israelite prophet; also, a book of the Old Testament that chronicles his life and records his angry lamentations about the wickedness of his people.

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