noun \ˈgi-dē-ən\

Definition of GIDEON

:  an early Hebrew hero noted for his defeat of the Midianites
:  a member of an interdenominational organization whose activities include the placing of Bibles in hotel rooms

Origin of GIDEON

Hebrew Gidhʽōn
First Known Use: 1535

Rhymes with GIDEON


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Judge and hero of ancient Israel, whose deeds are described in the Old Testament Book of Judges. The book contains two versions of Gideon's story. In one account, he led his tribe of Manasseh in a victorious campaign against the Midianites, then fashioned an idolatrous image from the booty and led Israel into immorality. In another version, he replaced worship of the local deity, Baal, with that of Yahweh (the God of Israel), and the power of Yahweh enabled his tribe to destroy the Midianites.


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