Uriah

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From Biblical Hebrew אוּרִיָּה ('ūriyyā), literally “God is my light”.

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Uriah

  1. Any of a number of Old Testament men, including the husband of Bathsheba whom David sent to death.
    • :
      And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten, and die.
  2. (rather rare) A male given name of Biblical origin.
    • 1869 Charles Dickens, David Copperfield, Chapter XXXV:
      but the thing that struck me most, was, that with the evidences of his native superiority still upon him, he should submit himself to that crawling impersonation of meanness, Uriah Heep.

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