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Gethsemane

[geth-sem-uh-nee] /gɛθˈsɛm ə ni/
noun
1.
a garden east of Jerusalem, near the brook of Kedron: scene of Jesus' agony and betrayal. Matt. 26:36.
2.
(lowercase) a scene or occasion of suffering; calvary.
Related forms
Gethsemanic, gethsemanic
[geth-suh-man-ik] /ˌgɛθ səˈmæn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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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

Gethsemane

/ɡɛθˈsɛmənɪ/
noun
1.
(New Testament) the garden in Jerusalem where Christ was betrayed on the night before his Crucifixion (Matthew 26:36–56)
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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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