Good Friday

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From good (holy); compare good tide to refer to Christmas or Shrovetide (e.g. Goodtyde and Gudtyde in some British dialects), Good Wednesday, and the Good Book to refer to the Bible. Earlier called Old English Langa-Friġedæġ (Long Friday).

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Good Friday (plural Good Fridays)

  1. (Christianity) The Friday before Easter Sunday, the commemoration of the day on which Christ was crucified.
    • 1807, [Germaine] de Staël Holstein, translated by D[ennis] Lawler, “[Book X. Holy week.] Chap[ter] IV.”, in Corinna; or, Italy. [], volume III, London: [] Corri, []; and sold by Colburn, [], and Mackenzie, [], →OCLC, page 43:
      But Good Friday soon restored to lord Nelville all those religious emotions, the want of which he so much regretted on the preceding days.



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