Jesus
Pronunciation
  • (Jesus of Nazareth) enPR: jē'zəs, IPA: /ˈdʒiːzəs/, /ˈdʒiːzʌs/
  • (Spanish given name) enPR hāso͞os', IPA: /heɪˈsuːs/, /hɛsˈuːs/
Proper noun
  1. Jesus of Nazareth, a religious figure whom Christians consider to be the son of God and call "Jesus Christ" in the belief that he is the Messiah, and whom Muslims believe to be a prophet.
  2. (historical, religion) One of a variety of persons or entities in western Manichaeism, of whom some correspond closely to the Christian conception of Jesus of Nazareth.
  3. A male given name in Spanish culture; an anglicized spelling of Jesús.
    • 1971 Ruth Rendell, No More Dying Then, Random House (2009), ISBN 9780099534853, page 195:
      Frensham opened the door and called a name that sounded like 'Haysus'. Brandy was brought and various other bottles and decanters. When the manservant had gone, Frensham said, 'Odd, aren't they, the Spanish? Calling a boy Jesus.'
  4. A male given name of Semitic origin.
    Jesus son of Sirach wrote the "Wisdom of Sirach"
Related terms Translations
Noun

Jesus (plural Jesuses)

  1. The Christian savior.
    • 1813, William Revell Moody (ed.), Record of Christian Work, p 441 ↗
      And, says George Eliot, and all who believe in her teaching, it is perfectly true that He is with us now in a dumb, vague, blessed impulse. Is that your Jesus? If I may recall my illustration of the train, I will tell you of my Jesus.
    • 2005, Scot McKnight, Jesus and His Death, p152 ↗
      ...leading Dom Crossan at times to the witty criticism that modern Jesus books are in a quest for who can say "my Jesus is more Jewish than your Jesus"...
    • 2001, Clinton Bennett, In Search of Jesus, p231 ↗
      Your Jesus is my Jesus' greatest enemy

Interjection
  1. An exclamation, the use of which is considered blasphemous among some Christians.
    • 1991, Stephen Fry, The Liar, p. 27:
      Jesus suffering fuck,’ said Adrian. ‘It's not half a thought.’
      ‘Face it, it's a wow.’
    Jesus, that was close!
Synonyms Related terms Translations
  • Portuguese: Jesus!
  • Russian: (rare vocative form) Иисус
  • Spanish: Jesús

Verb

Jesus (Jesuses, present participle Jesusing; past and past participle Jesused)

  1. (colloquial, often, pejorative or humorous) To subject to (excessive) Christian proselytizing, preaching, or moralizing.attn en
    • 2004, José Joaquín Fernández de Lizardi, ‎David L. Frye, The Mangy Parrot, page 531:
      Don't leave me until I expire; I wouldn't want some devout man or woman to come in here and start Jesusing me with the Ramillete [a collection of prayers] or some collection like that,
  2. To exclaim "Jesus" (at).



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