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masc. proper name, biblical name of Aramean general cured of leprosy by Elisha, from Hebrew Na'aman, literally "pleasantness," from stem of na'em "was pleasant or lovely." Cf. Naomi.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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  • The servants of the palace then took up the joyous cries; naaman had passed through the gates.

    The Little Maid of Israel Emma Howard Wight
  • So naaman went in and told the king what the maid from the land of Israel had said.

    The Children's Bible Henry A. Sherman
  • Ratu Joseva, Thakombau's son, like naaman, still maintained a household of retainers.

    The Fijians Basil Thomson
  • So naaman came with his horses and chariots and stood at the door of Elisha's house.

    The Children's Bible Henry A. Sherman
  • "Thou speaketh with the wisdom of years, my good Masrekah," answered naaman.

    The Little Maid of Israel Emma Howard Wight
  • But some of my readers have forgotten who naaman was, long ago.

    The Innocents Abroad Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • A house, known as the house of naaman the Leper, is now very appropriately used for a leper's home.

    The Old World and Its Ways William Jennings Bryan
  • The position of naaman was wholly different from that of any Israelite.

    The Expositor's Bible F. W. Farrar
  • And so naaman said, with alacrity, "Be content: take two talents."

    The Expositor's Bible F. W. Farrar
  • So when the caravan reached the palace, Jehoram was waiting to receive naaman.

    The Little Maid of Israel Emma Howard Wight
naaman in the Bible

pleasantness, a Syrian, the commander of the armies of Benhadad II. in the time of Joram, king of Israel. He was afflicted with leprosy; and when the little Hebrew slave-girl that waited on his wife told her of a prophet in Samaria who could cure her master, he obtained a letter from Benhadad and proceeded with it to Joram. The king of Israel suspected in this some evil design against him, and rent his clothes. Elisha the prophet hearing of this, sent for Naaman, and the strange interview which took place is recorded in 2 Kings 5. The narrative contains all that is known of the Syrian commander. He was cured of his leprosy by dipping himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of Elisha. His cure is alluded to by our Lord (Luke 4:27).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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