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Nineveh

[nin-uh-vuh] /ˈnɪn ə və/
noun
1.
the ancient capital of Assyria: its ruins are opposite Mosul, on the Tigris River, in N Iraq.
Related forms
Ninevite
[nin-uh-vahyt] /ˈnɪn əˌvaɪt/ (Show IPA),
noun
Ninevitical
[nin-uh-vit-i-kuh l] /ˌnɪn əˈvɪt ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
Ninevitish
[nin-uh-vahy-tish] /ˈnɪn əˌvaɪ tɪʃ/ (Show IPA),
adjective

Assyria

[uh-seer-ee-uh] /əˈsɪər i ə/
noun
1.
an ancient empire in SW Asia: greatest extent from about 750 to 612 b.c.
Capital: Nineveh.
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  • It recalls the descriptions in the Hebrew prophets of the desolation coming upon Nineveh.

  • The speaker had been at Nineveh looking for the body of his son.

    The Johnstown Horror James Herbert Walker
  • From that time Babylon became greater and more terrible than Nineveh, whose power it inherited.

    The Expositor's Bible F. W. Farrar
  • "Well, I heard your body had been found at Nineveh," said the old man.

    The Johnstown Horror James Herbert Walker
  • Babylon is become heaps, Nineveh a dwelling-place for dragons.

    Surrey A.R. Hope Moncrieff
  • And he had to go to Nineveh to tell the people how bad they were.

    The Doers William John Hopkins
British Dictionary definitions for Nineveh

Nineveh

/ˈnɪnɪvə/
noun
1.
the ancient capital of Assyria, on the River Tigris opposite the present-day city of Mosul (N Iraq): at its height in the 8th and 7th centuries bc; destroyed in 612 bc by the Medes and Babylonians

Assyria

/əˈsɪrɪə/
noun
1.
an ancient kingdom of N Mesopotamia: it established an empire that stretched from Egypt to the Persian Gulf, reaching its greatest extent between 721 and 633 bc. Its chief cities were Assur and Nineveh
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Word Origin and History for Nineveh

Assyria

Middle English, from Latin Assyria, from Greek Assyria, short for Assyria ge "the Assyrian land," from fem. of Assyrios "pertaining to Assyria," from Akkadian Ashshur, name of the chief city of the kingdom and also of a god, probably from Assyrian sar "prince." (See also Syria).

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