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Ancient Greek Βοανεργές (Boanergés) from Hebrew, "sons of thunder", an appellation given by Christ to two of his disciples (James and John). See Mark iii. 17.


Boanerges (plural Boanergeses)

  1. A vociferous preacher or orator.
    • 1835, Chandler Robbins Gilman, Legends of a log cabin, page 121:
      The groom is a Boanerges, rants twice as loud and twice as long as my Phoenix, and is, of course, in the estimate of the fanatics, twice as clever a fellow.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for Boanerges in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)