Synonyms of 'Hebrew'
Related adjective Hebraic, Hebraical
language note:Many of the words which have come into English from Hebrew have their origins in the bible, and were part of the Jewish and Christian religions. A noticeable trend with religious words is that they spread into secular language as well. Two examples are amen and hallelujah. The literal meaning of amen is 'certainly', and it is used at the end of prayers as a concluding formula. However, it has also passed outside the religious sphere to be used as an expression of agreement to a previous utterance. It is similar in function to 'hear, hear' meaning 'I agree'. Hallelujah, literally 'praise the Lord', is an interjection used by atheists as well as believers as a general exclamation of relief. Another biblical word is behemoth, from the Hebrew for 'beasts', which was used in the Old Testament with specific reference but has now become more generalised. The behemoth was a gigantic beast, possibly a hippopotamus. Its modern figurative meaning is that of any huge or monstrous thing. It is often applied to corporations or industries of the modern world in the same way as its synonym 'giant', in expressions like the software/corporate/steel/banking behemoth. It retains the slightly negative connotation of its original meaning of 'beast'.
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Thesaurus for Hebrew from the Collins English Thesaurus
Hebrew is a language that was spoken by Jews in former times. A modern form of Hebrew is spoken now in Israel.