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[geth-sem-uh-nee] /gɛθˈsɛm ə ni/
a garden east of Jerusalem, near the brook of Kedron: scene of Jesus' agony and betrayal. Matt. 26:36.
(lowercase) a scene or occasion of suffering; calvary.
Related forms
Gethsemanic, gethsemanic
[geth-suh-man-ik] /ˌgɛθ səˈmæn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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  • It was an anguish allied in its intensity to that of Gethsemane.

    The First Violin Jessie Fothergill
  • Mine is the perpetual Gethsemane and mine the unemptied cup!

    St. Cuthbert's Robert E. Knowles
  • She had chosen her Gethsemane long ago, and this was its harvest time.

    St. Cuthbert's Robert E. Knowles
  • But it was her Gethsemane: the best that Fate had been able to do for her.

    All Roads Lead to Calvary Jerome K. Jerome
  • It drove Him to the wilderness, and to Gethsemane, and to Calvary.

    Quiet Talks on Power S.D. Gordon
  • And between the two there is a third garden, the garden of Gethsemane.

  • After all, my Pentecost is purposed to prepare me for my own Gethsemane and Calvary!

  • It would be hard work to follow the Master when He took the road to Gethsemane.

    All's Well Emily Sarah Holt
  • I must face my Gethsemane, for this girl is as dear to me as my own soul!

    The Man of the Desert Grace Livingston Hill
  • His soul had entered its Gethsemane, and his spirit was bowed within him.

    The Man of the Desert Grace Livingston Hill
British Dictionary definitions for Gethsemane


(New Testament) the garden in Jerusalem where Christ was betrayed on the night before his Crucifixion (Matthew 26:36–56)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Gethsemane

name of a garden on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem [Matt. xxvi:36-46], from Greek Gethsemane, from Aramaic gath shemani(m) "oil-press."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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