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Philemon

[fi-lee-muh n, fahy-]
noun
  1. an Epistle written by Paul. Abbreviation: Phil.
  2. a person who was probably a convert of Paul and to whom this Epistle is addressed.
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Examples from the Web for philemon

Historical Examples

  • This staff, in fact, was the oddest-looking staff that Philemon had ever beheld.

    The Miraculous Pitcher

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • By this time, Philemon and his two guests had reached the cottage-door.

    The Miraculous Pitcher

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • But Philemon I knew would feel its power, and so I made that appeal to him.

    Slavery Ordained of God

    Rev. Fred A. Ross, D.D.

  • Was it not then of my responsibility to send him again to Philemon?

    Slavery Ordained of God

    Rev. Fred A. Ross, D.D.

  • Tired and hungry, they neared the cottage where Philemon and Baucis lived.

    Classic Myths

    Mary Catherine Judd


British Dictionary definitions for philemon

Philemon1

noun New Testament
  1. a Christian of Colossae whose escaped slave came to meet Paul
  2. the book (in full The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to Philemon), asking Philemon to forgive the slave for escaping
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Philemon2

noun
  1. Greek myth a poor Phrygian, who with his wife Baucis offered hospitality to the disguised Zeus and Hermes
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Word Origin and History for philemon

Philemon

masc. proper name, in Greek mythology a pious man, husband of Baucis; from Greek philemon, literally "loving, affectionate," from philein "to love" (see philo-).

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