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[suh-fahy-ruh] /səˈfaɪ rə/
a woman who, with her husband, Ananias, was struck dead for lying. Acts 5.
Also, Sapphire
[saf-ahyuh r] /ˈsæf aɪər/ (Show IPA)
. a female given name. Unabridged
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  • I never heard of chickens eating pebbles, observed Sapphira with a frown.

    Mr. Munchausen
    John Kendrick Bangs
  • Her eyes were so blue that but for the association he would have called her Sapphira.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • What a fine opportunity was afforded on this occasion to Sapphira, for fulfilling the high but difficult duties of her situation!

  • But Sapphira was "hardened through the deceitfulness of sin."

  • When he was buried, his wife Sapphira came, and knew not how it had befallen her husband.

  • Lysias told all save his meeting with Sapphira, and the procurator listened.

    Ulric the Jarl William O. Stoddard
  • In the banquet room and in the balconies get thou speech with this Sapphira.

    Ulric the Jarl William O. Stoddard
  • Away behind him in the palace, in the room where he had met her, sat Sapphira.

    Ulric the Jarl William O. Stoddard
  • In the dormitory Kezia, Sapphira and the youngest of their brothers were sleeping hard.

  • I do also retain some proprietorship in a certain pair of eyes which are like Sapphira's.

    Julia Ward Howe Laura E. Richards
British Dictionary definitions for Sapphira


(New Testament) the wife of Ananias, who together with her husband was struck dead for fraudulently concealing their wealth from the Church (Acts 5)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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