- the place near Jerusalem purchased with the bribe Judas took for betraying Jesus. Acts 1:18, 19.
- any place of slaughter and bloodshed.
Origin of Aceldama
Examples from the Web for aceldama
And that field was called "Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood."Jesus the Christ
James Edward Talmage
It was the burying-place for strangers, Aceldama, the field of blood.The Bertrams
This plain has been the Aceldama of the nations that have warred in Palestine.Heroines of the Crusades
C. A. Bloss
War made the South an Aceldama; reconstruction made it a Gehenna.The Women of the Confederacy
J. L. Underwood
The eye of love proved keener than the eye of gratitude, and the Saxon lady even in that Aceldama knew her Harold.
- New Testament the place near Jerusalem that was bought with the 30 pieces of silver paid to Judas for betraying Jesus (Matthew 27:8; Acts 1:19)
Word Origin and History for aceldama
late 14c., potter's field near Jerusalem purchased with the blood-money given to Judas Iscariot, literally "place of bloodshed," from Greek Akeldama, from an Aramaic phrase akin to Syriac haqal dema "the field of blood."