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Pharaoh

[ fair-oh, far-oh, fey-roh ]

noun

  1. a title of an ancient Egyptian king.
  2. (lowercase) any person who uses power or authority to oppress others; tyrant.


Pharaoh

/ fɛəˈrɒnɪk; ˈfɛərəʊ /

noun

  1. the title of the ancient Egyptian kings


pharaoh

  1. The title of the kings of ancient Egypt (see also Egypt ). In the story of Joseph and his brothers , a pharaoh puts Joseph in charge of his entire kingdom. In the Book of Exodus , a pharaoh repeatedly refuses the request of Moses to let the Israelites leave the country and does not give in until after the worst of the ten plagues of Egypt .


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Derived Forms

  • Pharaonic, adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of Pharaoh1

before 900; Middle English Pharao, Old English Pharaon < Latin pharaō < Greek pharaṓ (stem pharaōn- ) < Hebrew phārʿōh < Egyptian pr house + ʿʾ great; originally a designation for the palace, but used to refer to the king from the time of Akhenaton (14th cent. b.c.); -h restored from Hebrew

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Word History and Origins

Origin of Pharaoh1

Old English Pharaon, via Latin, Greek, and Hebrew ultimately from Egyptian pr-`o great house

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Example Sentences

Much like the modern office of the American president, the Egyptian Pharaoh was considered the head of the state as well as the supreme commander of the armed forces.

Such an incredible scope of wielding unconditional power was complemented by the Pharaoh’s association with divine entities.

Just like in the Bible story, where they say the great Pharaoh held down the Jews, Israelites and all that.

The only dissenting colleague said, “It reminds me of the head of a pharaoh.”

“Joke of the day,” tweeted one well-known blogger, who writes under the pen name The Big Pharaoh.

And did they bequeath to the military the task of rescuing the democratic impulse stifled by a pharaoh with an Islamist face?

A boulder carved in 1884 marks the cemetery where Isaac Pharaoh, Julia Johnson, and some 200 others lie.

The Virginia Assembly rewarded Pharaoh for his courageous act by giving him complete freedom.

During the delay, Pharaoh, one of the Negroes, decided to warn the Richmonders of their impending disaster.

Remember in what manner our fathers were saved in the Red Sea, when Pharaoh pursued them with a great army.

The Pharaoh of Joseph's time seems to have affiliated with the Israelites as natural friends,--to assist him in case of war.

Meanwhile the king had died, and a new Pharaoh had ascended the throne.

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