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Ephesians

[ih-fee-zhuh nz]
noun (used with a singular verb)
  1. a book of the New Testament, written by Paul. Abbreviation: Eph., Ephes., Ephs.
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Ephesian

[ih-fee-zhuh n]
adjective
  1. of or relating to Ephesus.
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noun
  1. a native or inhabitant of Ephesus.
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Origin of Ephesian

1350–1400; Middle English Effesian < Latin Ephesi(us) (< Greek Ephésios) + -an
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Examples from the Web for ephesians

Historical Examples

  • Take the two prayers in Ephesians—the one for light, the other for strength.

    The Ministry of Intercession

    Andrew Murray

  • Were not the Ephesians originally Athenians, and Ephesus is no mean city?

    Ion

    Plato

  • How did Apollonius of Tyana persuade the Ephesians to kill a man, who really was only a dog?

    The Phantom World

    Augustin Calmet

  • On this spot the Ephesians erected a trophy, and another at Coressus.

    Hellenica

    Xenophon

  • Why, you might as safely venture to adore Diana of the Ephesians!

    The Crimson Tide

    Robert W. Chambers


British Dictionary definitions for ephesians

Ephesians

noun
  1. (functioning as singular) a book of the New Testament (in full The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Ephesians), containing an exposition of the divine plan for the world and the consummation of this in Christ
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Ephesian

adjective
  1. of or relating to Ephesus
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noun
  1. an inhabitant or native of Ephesus
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Word Origin and History for ephesians

Ephesians

n.

New Testament epistle, late 14c., addressed to Christian residents of the Greek city of Ephesus, in what is now western Turkey.

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