Ananias

noun
An·​a·​ni·​as | \ ˌa-nə-ˈnī-əs How to pronounce Ananias (audio) \

Definition of Ananias

1 : an early Christian struck dead for lying
2 : liar

First Known Use of Ananias

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Ananias

Greek, probably from Hebrew Ḥānanyāh

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“Ananias.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Ananias. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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