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Adonai

[ Sephardic Hebrew ah-daw-nahy; Ashkenazic Hebrew ah-doh-noi ]
/ Sephardic Hebrew ˌɑ dɔˈnaɪ; Ashkenazic Hebrew ˌɑ doʊˈnɔɪ /
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noun

Hebrew. a title of reverence for God, serving also as a substitute pronunciation of the Tetragrammaton.

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Origin of Adonai

Literally, my Lord; spoken in place of the ineffable name Yahweh
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British Dictionary definitions for Adonai

Adonai
/ (ˌædɒˈnaɪ, -ˈneɪaɪ) /

noun

Judaism a name for God
C15: from Hebrew: lord; compare Adonis
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