a Minor Prophet.
a book of the Bible bearing his name. Abbreviation: Obad.

Also Douay Bible, Ab·di·as [ab-dahy-uh s] /æbˈdaɪ əs/.
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Examples from the Web for obadiah

Historical Examples of obadiah

  • If Obadiah is shorter than three to one, he'll run for the purse alone.

    Old Man Curry

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan

  • And you say that letter was signed by a man named Obadiah Jones?

    Dave Porter At Bear Camp

    Edward Stratemeyer

  • He had been baptised Obadiah about sixty years before; that is to say, if he had been baptised at all.


    Frederick Marryat

  • I said as how it would be,” said Obadiah Coble—“that dog is no dog, as sure as I sit here.


    Frederick Marryat

  • Obadiah Coble shrugged up his shoulders, as he took an extra quid.


    Frederick Marryat

British Dictionary definitions for obadiah


noun Old Testament

a Hebrew prophet
the book containing his oracles, chiefly directed against Edom
Douay spelling: Abdias (æbˈdaɪəs)
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Word Origin and History for obadiah


masc. proper name, fourth of the Twelve Prophets of the Old Testament, from Hebrew Obhadyah, literally "servant of the Lord," from abhadh "he served, worshipped," related to Arabic 'abada "he served," 'abd "slave, worshipper."

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