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EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Hebrew אדוני \ אֲדֹנָי ‎(My Lord); used in place of the Tetragrammaton YHWH as a name of the God of the Hebrews during prayer recitation.

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /əˈdəʊnʌɪ/, /ˈadənʌɪ/, /əˈdəʊneɪˌʌɪ/[1]
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌædəˈnaɪ/, /ˌædəˈnaɪˌi/, /ˌædoʊˈneɪˌaɪ/[1]

Proper nounEdit

Adonai

  1. (Judaism, Christianity) The Lord: a Hebrew title of God.

Usage notesEdit

YHWH, the true name of the Abrahamic God, is usually read by Jews as "Adonai" while praying or reading the Torah. Similarly, the word "Adonai" is usually restricted to this use and is replaced by Hashem ("The Name") in ordinary speech. This use has been followed in other languages since at least the surviving texts of the Septuagint, with the Vulgate employing "Dominus" and most English translations of the Bible employing the Lord or the LORD for instances of the name YHWH in the Hebrew text.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Oxford English Dictionary, 3rd ed. "Adonai, n." Oxford University Press (Oxford), 2011.

PortugueseEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowing from Hebrew אדוני.

PronunciationEdit

Proper nounEdit

Adonai m

  1. (Judaism) Adonai (one of the names of God)
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