Jeremiah

noun
Jer·​e·​mi·​ah | \ ˌjer-ə-ˈmī-ə How to pronounce Jeremiah (audio) \

Definition of Jeremiah

1 : a major Hebrew prophet of the seventh and sixth centuries b.c.
2 : person who is pessimistic about the present and foresees a calamitous future
3 : a prophetic book of canonical Jewish and Christian Scripture — see Bible Table

First Known Use of Jeremiah

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Jeremiah

Late Latin Jeremias, from Greek Hieremias, from Hebrew Yirmĕyāh

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“Jeremiah.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Jeremiah. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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