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Adonai

[Sephardic Hebrew ah-daw-nahy; Ashkenazic Hebrew ah-doh-noi]
noun
  1. Hebrew. a title of reverence for God, serving also as a substitute pronunciation of the Tetragrammaton.
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Also A·do·noy [ah-doh-noi] /ˌɑ doʊˈnɔɪ/.

Origin of Adonai

literally, my Lord; spoken in place of the ineffable name Yahweh
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Historical Examples

  • In 1821, he wrote his Adonais, a monody on the death of Keats.

    A Dish Of Orts

    George MacDonald

  • The last verse of the Adonais seems almost prophetic of his own end.

    A Dish Of Orts

    George MacDonald

  • We found the grave of Shelley, who so soon followed his Adonais.

    Italian Days and Ways

    Anne Hollingsworth Wharton

  • Two quotations from Adonais will suffice to show the power and sweetness of its verse.

    Shelley

    John Addington Symonds

  • Adonais lies dead; and those who mourn him, must seek his grave.

    Shelley

    John Addington Symonds


British Dictionary definitions for adonais

Adonai

noun
  1. Judaism a name for God
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Word Origin

C15: from Hebrew: lord; compare Adonis
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for adonais

Adonai

Old Testament word for "God," late 14c., from Medieval Latin, from Hebrew, literally "my lord," from adon (see Adonis) + suffix of 1st person.

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