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[oh-buh-dahy-uh] /ˌoʊ bəˈdaɪ ə/
a Minor Prophet.
a book of the Bible bearing his name.
Abbreviation: Obad.
Also, Douay Bible, Abdias
[ab-dahy-uh s] /æbˈdaɪ əs/ (Show IPA)
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Examples from the Web for Obadiah
Historical Examples
  • If Obadiah is shorter than three to one, he'll run for the purse alone.

    Old Man Curry

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
  • And you say that letter was signed by a man named Obadiah Jones?

    Dave Porter At Bear Camp Edward Stratemeyer
  • He had been baptised Obadiah about sixty years before; that is to say, if he had been baptised at all.

    Snarley-yow Frederick Marryat
  • I said as how it would be,” said Obadiah Coble—“that dog is no dog, as sure as I sit here.

    Snarley-yow Frederick Marryat
  • Obadiah Coble shrugged up his shoulders, as he took an extra quid.

    Snarley-yow Frederick Marryat
  • Obadiah at once produced his pocket-handkerchief and began to fold it.

    In the Roar of the Sea Sabine Baring-Gould
  • She was well aware that her only chance was by retaining Mr. Obadiah where he was.

    In the Roar of the Sea Sabine Baring-Gould
  • Now, Obadiah is a man with a genius for entertaining people.

    In the Roar of the Sea Sabine Baring-Gould
  • And is there not at this moment many an Obadiah similarly occupied?

    Elijah the Tishbite C. (Charles) H. (Henry) Mackintosh
  • Obadiah took care of God's witnesses, but Elijah was a witness for God.

    Notes on the book of Exodus C. H. (Charles Henry) Mackintosh
British Dictionary definitions for Obadiah


noun (Old Testament)
a Hebrew prophet
the book containing his oracles, chiefly directed against Edom
Douay spelling Abdias (æbˈdaɪəs)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Obadiah

masc. proper name, fourth of the Twelve Prophets of the Old Testament, from Hebrew Obhadyah, literally "servant of the Lord," from abhadh "he served, worshipped," related to Arabic 'abada "he served," 'abd "slave, worshipper."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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