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[jer-uh-mahy-uh] /ˌdʒɛr əˈmaɪ ə/
a Major Prophet of the 6th and 7th centuries b.c.
a book of the Bible bearing his name.
Abbreviation: Jer.
a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “God is high.”.
Related forms
Jeremian, Jeremianic
[jer-uh-mahy-an-ik] /ˌdʒɛr ə maɪˈæn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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  • It may be feared that the letter met with the fate of Jeremiah's roll.

  • My husband, Jeremiah Flintwinch, can conquer even your mother.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • It seemed to her that she awoke after sleeping some hours, and found Jeremiah not yet abed.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • If she had had any doubt which was her own Jeremiah, it would have been resolved by his impatience.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • Jeremiah, the captain deserts the ship, but you and I will sink or float with it.'

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for Jeremiah


(Old Testament)
  1. a major prophet of Judah from about 626 to 587 bc
  2. the book containing his oracles
a person who habitually prophesies doom or denounces contemporary society
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Word Origin and History for Jeremiah

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Jeremiah in Culture

Jeremiah definition

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.

Note: A “jeremiad” is any long lamentation or angry denunciation.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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