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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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  • Jeremiah refers with especial frequency to the power of the word.

  • And which is the prettiest way to row, Jeremiah,—up river, or down?

    Hildegarde's Holiday Laura E. Richards
  • And his mouth was drawn down into Jeremiah lines of woe that are indescribable.

    A Circuit Rider's Wife Corra Harris
  • Jeremiah surveyed her bright face with chastened melancholy.

    Hildegarde's Holiday Laura E. Richards
  • And Jeremiah wrote in a book all the evil that should come upon Babylon, even all these words that are written concerning Babylon.

    The Bible Story Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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 American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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