Deu·​ter·​on·​o·​my ˌdü-tə-ˈrä-nə-mē How to pronounce Deuteronomy (audio)
 also  ˌdyü-
: the fifth book of canonical Jewish and Christian Scripture containing narrative and Mosaic laws see Bible Table

Examples of Deuteronomy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Images: Zuma Press/AFP/Getty Images Composite: Mark Kelly Amalek was an ancient tribe that Deuteronomy called the Israelites to exterminate. Eli Federman, WSJ, 30 Oct. 2023 The previous evening, Jews had observed Simchat Torah -- completing the annual cycle of readings that begins with Genesis and ends with Deuteronomy. Frank E. Lockwood, Arkansas Online, 14 Oct. 2023 Old Deuteronomy, an astute and admired character, will be head judge. Michael Paulson, New York Times, 27 Sep. 2023 In the spirit of the production, the Tree of Life rabbi carried a Styrofoam likeness of the Ten Commandments up the aisle of the soaring Gothic church and then sang a verse from Deuteronomy. Kris Maher, WSJ, 24 Dec. 2022 On Simchat Torah, the last portion of the book of Deuteronomy is read and immediately followed by the first chapter of Genesis, signifying that the Torah is never-ending in its message. San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Nov. 2022 Remember overeating is called gluttony (Deuteronomy 21:20). Miles Klee, Rolling Stone, 8 Oct. 2022 His favorite passage in the Bible is Deuteronomy 1:31. Vanessa Rivera,, 23 Sep. 2022 One wonders: Why should verses from Deuteronomy rather than sections of the Book of Exodus, in which the story unfolded, be recited at the Seder table? Rabbi Avi Weiss, Sun Sentinel, 12 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History


Middle English Deutronomie, from Late Latin Deuteronomium, from Greek Deuteronomion, from deuter- + nomos law — more at nimble

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Deuteronomy was in the 14th century

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“Deuteronomy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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Deu·​ter·​on·​o·​my ˌd(y)üt-ə-ˈrän-ə-mē How to pronounce Deuteronomy (audio)
: the fifth book of canonical Jewish and Christian Scripture containing narrative and laws see bible

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