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Classical Syriac[edit]


From the root ܦ-ܪ-ܢ-ܣ (IPA(key): /p-r-n-s/) related to providing, from Ancient Greek πρόνοος (prónoos).


  • IPA(key): [purnɑsɑ(ʔ)] (singular)
  • IPA(key): [purnɑse(ʔ)] (plural)


ܦܘܪܢܣܐ (transliteration neededm (plural ܦܘܪܢܣܐ)

  1. provision, supply
  2. support, sustenance, nourishment, food
  3. (in the plural) supplies, revenues
  4. tribute
  5. (religion) providence, dispensation
  6. affair, action
  7. aid, help, care
  8. safeguard, guardianship
  9. administration, management, control
  10. diocese, province



  • "pwrns" in the Comprehensive Aramaic Lexicon.
  • Louis Costaz, Syriac-English Dictionary, 1963, p. 289a
  • Jessie Payne Smith, A Compendious Syriac Dictionary Founded Upon the Thesaurus Syriacus of Robert Payne Smith, 1903, p. 439a
  • Michael Sokoloff, A Syriac Lexicon: A Translation from the Latin, Correction, Expansion, and Update of C. Brockelmann's Lexicon Syriacum, 2009, pp. 1170b-1171a