Thursday, May 22, 2008

How Right is Rev. Wright


A person who complains continually, has a gloomy attitude, or one who warns about a disastrous future.

[After Jeremiah, a Hebrew prophet during the seventh and sixth centuries BCE who prophesied the fall of the kingdom of Judah and whose writings are collected in the Book of Jeremiah and the Book of Lamentations.]

e.g. - "Having been a Jeremiah for so many years, mainly through the pages of the Guardian but also via his own immensely popular website, Monbiot has now turned his mind to what, precisely, can be done to halt global warming."
Stephen Price; A Wake-up Call For the Human Race; The Sunday Business Post (Dublin, Ireland); Oct 8, 2006.

Visual Thesaurus

1. a Major Prophet of the 6th and 7th centuries b.c.
2. a book of the Bible bearing his name. Abbreviation: Jer.
3. a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “God is high.”

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006

from Heb. Yarimyah, lit. "may Jehovah exalt." Latinized as Jeremias; the vernacular form in Eng. was Jeremy

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2001 Douglas Harper

1. (Old Testament) an Israelite prophet who is remembered for his angry lamentations (jeremiads) about the wickedness of his people (circa 626-587 BC)
2. a book in the Old Testament containing the oracles of the prophet Jeremiah

WordNet® 3.0, © 2006 by Princeton University

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