noun \ˈjü-dəth\

Definition of JUDITH

:  the Jewish heroine who saves the city of Bethulia in the book of Judith
:  a book of Scripture included in the Roman Catholic canon of the Old Testament and in the Protestant Apocrypha — see bible table

Origin of JUDITH

Late Latin, from Greek Ioudith, from Hebrew Yĕhūdhīth
First Known Use: before 12th century


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Legendary Jewish heroine, the central character in the Book of Judith in the Apocrypha. (The book is excluded from the Hebrew Bible.) A beautiful Jewish widow whose city is besieged by the Assyrians under their general, Holofernes, Judith leaves the city in pretended flight and foretells victory to Holofernes. Invited into his tent, she cuts off his head as he lies in a drunken sleep, and the Jews defeat the leaderless Assyrians. Probably fictional, the story may have been written in the 2nd century BC, after the end of the Maccabean revolt.


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