Proper noun
  1. A Pharisee, a secret follower of Jesus in the New Testament.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗:
      . John 3: 1-2:
      There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews; The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God:
  2. (rare) A male given name.
  • French: Nicodème
  • German: Nikodemus
  • Russian: Никоди́м
  • Russian: Никоди́м

Nicodemus (Nicodemuses, present participle Nicodemusing; past and past participle Nicodemused)

  1. To be kept hidden, in the manner of the Pharisee Nicodemus.
    • circa 1760 Laurence Sterne: Tristram Shandy:
      How many Caesars and Pompeys, he would say, by mere inspiration of their names, have been rendered worthy of them? And how many, he would add, are there, who might have done exceedingly well in the world, had not their characters and spirits been totally depressed and Nicodemus’d into nothing?

This text is extracted from the Wiktionary and it is available under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license | Terms and conditions | Privacy policy 0.006
Offline English dictionary