[doo-tuh-ron-uh-mee, dyoo-]

Origin of Deuteronomy

< Late Latin Deuteronomium < Greek Deuteronómion (see deutero-, -nomy); earlier Deutronome, Middle English Deutronomie < Late Latin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for deuteronomy


  1. the fifth book of the Old Testament, containing a second statement of the Mosaic Law
Derived FormsDeuteronomic (ˌdjuːtərəˈnɒmɪk), adjective

Word Origin for Deuteronomy

from Late Latin Deuteronomium, from Greek Deuteronomion; see deutero-, -nomy
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Word Origin and History for deuteronomy



5th book of the Pentateuch, late 14c., from Late Latin Deuteronomium, from Greek Deuteronomion, literally "second law," from deuteros "second" + nomos "law" (see numismatics). A mistranslation of Hebrew mishneh hattorah hazzoth "a copy of this law" [Deut. xvii:18]. The book is a repetition, with comments, of the Decalogue and most of the laws of Exodus. The title was translated literally into Old English as æfteræ, literally "after-law."

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