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Gideon

[gid-ee-uh n] /ˈgɪd i ən/
noun
1.
Also called Jerubbaal. a judge of Israel and conqueror of the Midianites. Judges 6–8.
2.
a member of the Gideons International.
3.
a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “great destroyer.”.
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  • She seemed to try and avoid conversation with him; and it squared with the fact of Gideon Roux being from home.

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  • The sight of trembling Gideon Rust in the opening reassured him.

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  • For the literary part of a composer's business Gideon was well equipped.

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  • Blatch whirled like a flash, and looked past Gideon Rust in the doorway.

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  • He would not; so Gideon left him tied up all night, promising him some more sjambok in the morning.

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British Dictionary definitions for Gideon

Gideon

/ˈɡɪdɪən/
noun
1.
(Old Testament) a Hebrew judge who led the Israelites to victory over their Midianite oppressors (Judges 6:11–8:35)
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Word Origin and History for Gideon

Bible propagation society, 1906, formally Christian Commercial Young Men's Association of America, founded 1899. It takes its name from Gideon, Israelite judge and warrior [Judg. vi:11-viii:25], from Hebrew Gidh'on, literally "feller," from stem of gadha "he cut off, hewed, felled."

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