[Sephardic Hebrew ah-daw-nahy; Ashkenazic Hebrew ah-doh-noi]
- Hebrew. a title of reverence for God, serving also as a substitute pronunciation of the Tetragrammaton.
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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Examples from the Web for adonais
In 1821, he wrote his Adonais, a monody on the death of Keats.
The last verse of the Adonais seems almost prophetic of his own end.
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.
Adonais lies dead; and those who mourn him, must seek his grave.
- Judaism a name for God
C15: from Hebrew: lord; compare Adonis
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Word Origin and History for adonais
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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