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Wandering Jew

a legendary character condemned to roam without rest because he struck Christ on the day of the Crucifixion.
Also, wandering Jew, Wandering-jew
[won-der-ing-joo] /ˈwɒn dər ɪŋˈdʒu/ (Show IPA)
. Also called inch plant. any of various trailing or creeping plants, as Zebrina pendula or Tradescantia fluminensis, having green or variegated leaves: a popular houseplant.
Origin of Wandering Jew
First recorded in 1625-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Historical Examples
  • That's something like the thing that happened to the Wandering Jew.

  • That fellow, the cousin Galloway, changes his place of abode like the Wandering Jew.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Was he still upon his ruthless quest, moving through the panorama of European life like some Wandering Jew of vengeance?

    The Air Pirate Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • I'm sure my god-father must have been the Wandering Jew, or a king's messenger.

    Arthur O'Leary Charles James Lever
  • Since then no one doubted any longer that the Wandering Jew had died on this spot.

  • I thought he must have been as weary of his journeyings as the Wandering Jew.

  • Most people are so short-lived nowadays; it's only with that Wandering Jew now that I ever have a chat over old times.

    Tales of Fantasy and Fact Brander Matthews
  • I must go—I must move on forever and ever, like the Wandering Jew.

    Zibeline, Complete Phillipe de Massa
  • In prefigurement of the Wandering Jew, each day he moved on.

  • A man with a thousand friends is worse off than the Wandering Jew.

    Letters of Peregrine Pickle George P. Upton
British Dictionary definitions for Wandering Jew

wandering Jew

any of several related creeping or trailing plants of tropical America, esp Tradescantia fluminensis and Zebrina pendula: family Commelinaceae
(Austral) a similar creeping plant of the genus Commelina

Wandering Jew

(in medieval legend) a character condemned to roam the world eternally because he mocked Christ on the day of the Crucifixion
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