Gideon

[gid-ee-uh n]
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noun

Also called Jerubbaal. a judge of Israel and conqueror of the Midianites. Judges 6–8.
a member of the Gideons International.
a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “great destroyer.”

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Gideon

noun

Old Testament a Hebrew judge who led the Israelites to victory over their Midianite oppressors (Judges 6:11–8:35)
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Word Origin and History for gideon

Gideon

Bible propagation society, 1906, formally Christian Commercial Young Men's Association of America, founded 1899. It takes its name from Gideon, Israelite judge and warrior [Judg. vi:11-viii:25], from Hebrew Gidh'on, literally "feller," from stem of gadha "he cut off, hewed, felled."

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