- a surname given by Jesus to James and John. Mark 3:17.
- (used with a singular verb) a vociferous preacher or orator.
Origin of Boanerges
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A dog-cart by Adams and a thoroughbred like Boanerges were, after all, worth a glance at.Barrington
Charles James Lever
Miss Corelli tells hers with the voice and manner of a Boanerges.My Contemporaries In Fiction
David Christie Murray
But I rather prefer, myself, the Boanerges, the two sons of Zebedee.Back Home
He is now a Boanerges—a son of thunder—and he begins with Jove.
Boanerges, not Balzac, now occupies the pasteboard pulpit of fiction.Unicorns
- New Testament a nickname applied by Jesus to James and John in Mark 3:17
- a fiery preacher, esp one with a powerful voice
Word Origin for Boanerges
name given by Christ to John and James, the two sons of Zebedee (Mark iii:17), from Galilean dialectal corruption of Hebrew bene reghesh "sons of rage" (interpreted in Greek as "sons of thunder"), from bene (see B'nai B'rith) + reghesh "commotion, tumult, throng." Applied figuratively to zealous or loud preachers.