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[nee-uh-mahy-uh] /ˌni əˈmaɪ ə/
a Hebrew leader of the 5th century b.c.
a book of the Bible bearing his name.
Abbreviation: Neh.
a male given name.
Also, Douay Bible, Nehemias
[nee-uh-mahy-uh s] /ˌni əˈmaɪ əs/ (Show IPA),
(for defs 1, 2). Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Nehemiah Doubleday invited my sister Jane and I and a few other close personal friends up to his house for an evening.

  • Nehemiah condemns it as destructive to personal and civic freedom.

    Usury Calvin Elliott
  • He feared God above many, and therefore Nehemiah knew that he would be kept safe and free from sin.

    The King's Cup-Bearer Amy Catherine Walton
  • The way was long, but by the beginning of September Nehemiah arrived in Abydos.

  • Nehemiah does so, and finds him shut up, his doors barred and bolted, his house barricaded like a fortress.

    The King's Cup-Bearer Amy Catherine Walton
  • Nehemiah was not an earth-man in gross contact with solidities.

    Ghetto Comedies Israel Zangwill
  • The book of Nehemiah is full of the distress occasioned by this invasion of the privileges of the chosen.

  • How had Nehemiah lived during those first ten years in England?

    Ghetto Comedies Israel Zangwill
  • Nehemiah, the great Rab-shakeh, was a living soul, for he loved to pray.

    The King's Cup-Bearer Amy Catherine Walton
  • At the head of this deputation was Hanani, a kinsman of Nehemiah.

    Biblical Geography and History Charles Foster Kent
British Dictionary definitions for Nehemiah


noun (Old Testament)
a Jewish official at the court of Artaxerxes, king of Persia, who in 444 bc became a leader in the rebuilding of Jerusalem after the Babylonian captivity
the book recounting the acts of Nehemiah
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Nehemiah

masc. proper name, Jewish leader under Persian king Artaxerxes, from Hebrew Nehemyah, literally "the Lord comforts."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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