Adonai

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Hebrew אדוני \ אֲדֹנָי(My Lord); used in place of the Tetragrammaton YHWH as a name of the God of the Hebrews during prayer recitation.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /əˈdəʊ.nʌɪ/, /ˈa.də.nʌɪ/, /əˈdəʊ.neɪˌʌɪ/[1]
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌæ.dəˈnaɪ/, /ˌæ.dəˈnaɪˌi/, /ˌæ.doʊˈneɪˌaɪ/[1]

Proper noun[edit]

Adonai

  1. (Judaism, Christianity) The Lord: a Hebrew title of God.

Usage notes[edit]

YHWH, the true name of the Abrahamic God, is usually read by Jews as "Adonai" while praying or reading the Torah. Similarly, the word "Adonai" is usually restricted to this use and is replaced by Hashem ("The Name") in ordinary speech. This use has been followed in other languages since at least the surviving texts of the Septuagint, with the Vulgate employing "Dominus" and most English translations of the Bible employing the Lord or the LORD for instances of the name YHWH in the Hebrew text.

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References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Oxford English Dictionary, 3rd ed. "Adonai, n." Oxford University Press (Oxford), 2011.

Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Hebrew אדוני.

Pronunciation[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Adonai m

  1. (Judaism) Adonai (one of the names of God)