Sep·​tu·​a·​gint | \ sep-ˈtü-ə-jənt How to pronounce Septuagint (audio) , -ˈtyü-; ˈsep-tə-wə-ˌjint \

Definition of Septuagint

: a Greek version of the Jewish Scriptures redacted in the third and second centuries b.c. by Jewish scholars and adopted by Greek-speaking Christians

Other Words from Septuagint

Septuagintal \ (ˌ)sep-​ˌtü-​ə-​ˈjin-​tᵊl How to pronounce Septuagintal (audio) , -​ˌtyü-​ ; ˌsep-​tə-​wə-​ \ adjective

First Known Use of Septuagint

1633, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Septuagint

Late Latin Septuaginta, from Latin, seventy, irregular from septem seven + -ginta (akin to Latin viginti twenty); from the approximate number of its translators — more at seven, vigesimal

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“Septuagint.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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