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Lazarus

[ laz-er-uhs ]
/ ˈlæz ər əs /
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noun
the diseased beggar in the parable of the rich man and the beggar. Luke 16:19–31.
a brother of Mary and Martha whom Jesus raised from the dead. John 11:1–44; 12:1–18.
Emma, 1849–87, U.S. poet.
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Origin of Lazarus

<Late Latin <Greek Lázaros<Hebrew Elʿāzār Eleazar (one God has helped)

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British Dictionary definitions for Lazarus

Lazarus
/ (ˈlæzərəs) /

noun New Testament
the brother of Mary and Martha, whom Jesus restored to life (John 11–12)
the beggar who lay at the gate of the rich man Dives in Jesus' parable (Luke 16:19–31)
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Cultural definitions for Lazarus

Lazarus
[ (laz-uhr-uhs) ]

A man brought back to life by Jesus after being in the tomb for four days. The incident is recorded in the Gospel of John. The raising of Lazarus is considered the crowning miracle or sign revealing Jesus as the giver of life. It also is the act that caused the enemies of Jesus to begin the plan to put Jesus to death. (See Crucifixion.)

notes for Lazarus

Someone who makes a comeback from obscurity is sometimes called a “Lazarus rising from the dead.”
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