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Uriah

[yoo-rahy-uh] /yʊˈraɪ ə/
noun
1.
Also, Douay Bible, Urias
[yoo-rahy-uh s] /yʊˈraɪ əs/ (Show IPA)
. Also called Uriah the Hittite. the husband of Bathsheba, and an officer in David's army. II Sam. 11.
2.
a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “God is light.”.
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  • Uriah Heep may be a crawling creature; but his crawling takes him upstairs.

  • Uriah Mott, private, mustered out with company May 24, 1863.

    War from the Inside

    Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock
  • The other's tone was delightfully envious of Uriah's good fortune.

    The New Land

    Elma Ehrlich Levinger
  • Uriah couldn't help bragging a little as he told his good fortune.

    The New Land

    Elma Ehrlich Levinger
  • Poor Uriah has been disposed of, and now the lady sends you to look for his bones.

  • There is to be nothing Uriah Heepish about our attitude toward the world.

    Dear Enemy Jean Webster
  • When Bathsheba heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she mourned for him as was the custom.

    The Children's Bible Henry A. Sherman
  • "I would let you have your groceries at cost," said Uriah, as an extra inducement.

    The Young Bridge-Tender Arthur M. Winfield
  • "That wouldn't put the knife inside the postmaster's office," said Uriah.

    The Young Bridge-Tender Arthur M. Winfield
  • "Well, I'll do that," responded Uriah, after some meditation.

    The Young Bridge-Tender Arthur M. Winfield
British Dictionary definitions for Uriah

Uriah

/jʊˈraɪə/
noun
1.
(Old Testament) a Hittite officer, who was killed in battle on instructions from David so that he could marry Uriah's wife Bathsheba (II Samuel 11)
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Word Origin and History for Uriah

masc. proper name, in Old Testament, the Hittite husband of Bathsheba; of non-Hebrew (possibly Horite) origin, but explained by folk etymology as Hebrew Uriyyah, literally "flame of the Lord." Uriah Heep, character from Dickens' "David Copperfield" (1850) sometimes is invoked as the type of a hypocritically humble person.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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