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noun Ado·nai \ˌä-də-ˈnȯi, -ˈnī\

Definition of Adonai

  1. —used in place of YHWH as a name of the God of the Hebrews during prayer recitation

Origin and Etymology of adonai

Hebrew 'ădhōnāy

First Known Use: before 12th century

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