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[uh-sel-duh-muh, uh-kel-]
  1. the place near Jerusalem purchased with the bribe Judas took for betraying Jesus. Acts 1:18, 19.
  2. any place of slaughter and bloodshed.
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Also Akeldama.

Origin of Aceldama

< Latin < Greek Akeldamá < Aramaic ḥăgēl dəmā field of blood
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Historical Examples

  • 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

    Anthony Trollope

  • This plain has been the Aceldama of the nations that have warred in Palestine.

  • War made the South an Aceldama; reconstruction made it a Gehenna.

  • The eye of love proved keener than the eye of gratitude, and the Saxon lady even in that Aceldama knew her Harold.

British Dictionary definitions for aceldama


  1. 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)
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Word Origin

C14: from Aramaic haqēl demā field of blood
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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."

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