[ geth-sem-uh-nee ]

  1. a garden east of Jerusalem, near the brook of Kedron: scene of Jesus' agony and betrayal. Matthew 26:36.

  2. (lowercase) a scene or occasion of suffering; calvary.

Origin of Gethsemane

From Late Latin Gethsēmani, from Greek Gethsēmaní, probably from assumed Aramaic gadh shĕmānē, from Hebrew gath shĕmānīm “oil press”

Other words from Gethsemane

  • Geth·se·man·ic, geth·se·man·ic [geth-suh-man-ik], /ˌgɛθ səˈmæn ɪk/, adjective

Words Nearby Gethsemane Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Gethsemane in a sentence

  • And they come unto a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith unto his disciples, "Sit ye here, while I pray."

    His Last Week | William E. Barton
  • It was the Gethsemane of every true-hearted man, who calls his fellows forth to sacrifice and battle.

    The Life of Mazzini | Bolton King
  • Like the darkness in Gethsemane, and again, from the sixth to the ninth hour on Calvary, it forbids entrance.

  • He bathed in Siloa with enthusiasm, and almost expired of feeling under the venerable olive-trees of Gethsemane.

  • His eyes drifted to the other picture hanging there--the Master kneeling alone in Gethsemane.

    The Fourth Watch | H. A. Cody

British Dictionary definitions for Gethsemane


/ (ɡɛθˈsɛmənɪ) /

  1. New Testament the garden in Jerusalem where Christ was betrayed on the night before his Crucifixion (Matthew 26:36–56)

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