interjection \(ˈ)ä-ˈmen, (ˈ)ā-; ˈä- when sung\

—used at the end of a prayer

—used to express agreement or approval

Full Definition of AMEN

—used to express solemn ratification (as of an expression of faith) or hearty approval (as of an assertion)

Origin of AMEN

Middle English, from Old English, from Late Latin, from Greek amēn, from Hebrew āmēn
First Known Use: before 12th century


   (Concise Encyclopedia)

Expression of agreement or confirmation used in worship by Jews, Christians, and Muslims. The word derives from a Semitic root meaning “fixed” or “sure.” The Greek Old Testament usually translates it as “so be it”; in the English Bible it is often translated as “verily” or “truly.” By the 4th century BC, it was a common response to a doxology or other prayer in the Jewish temple liturgy. By the 2nd century AD, Christians had adopted it in the liturgy of the Eucharist, and in Christian worship a final amen now often sums up and confirms a prayer or hymn. Though less common in Islam, it is used after reading of the first sura.


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