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Adonai

[Sephardic Hebrew ah-daw-nahy; Ashkenazic Hebrew ah-doh-noi] /Sephardic Hebrew ˌɑ dɔˈnaɪ; Ashkenazic Hebrew ˌɑ doʊˈnɔɪ/
noun
1.
Hebrew. a title of reverence for God, serving also as a substitute pronunciation of the Tetragrammaton.
Also, Adonoy
[ah-doh-noi] /ˌɑ doʊˈnɔɪ/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of Adonai
literally, my Lord; spoken in place of the ineffable name Yahweh
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  • The poem seems to indicate that Urania, slumbering, is not yet aware of the death of adonais.

    Adonais Shelley
  • Two quotations from adonais will suffice to show the power and sweetness of its verse.

    Shelley John Addington Symonds
  • The ruined paradise is the mind, now torpid in death, of adonais.

    Adonais Shelley
  • adonais lies dead; and those who mourn him, must seek his grave.

    Shelley John Addington Symonds
  • At present I mean simply to deal with the Argument of adonais.

    Adonais Shelley
  • The last lines of adonais might be read as a prophecy of his own death by drowning.

    Shelley John Addington Symonds
  • Echo will not now repeat the songs of the woodmen; she merely murmurs some snatches of the 'remembered lay' of adonais.

    Adonais Shelley
  • I was also more than commonly interested in the success of adonais.

    Adonais Shelley
  • We had not hitherto heard of 'Dreams' in connexion with Urania, but only in connexion with adonais himself.

    Adonais Shelley
  • The poem of adonais can of course be contemplated from different points of view.

    Adonais Shelley
British Dictionary definitions for adonais

Adonai

/ˌædɒˈnaɪ; -ˈneɪaɪ/
noun
1.
(Judaism) a name for God
Word Origin
C15: from Hebrew: lord; compare Adonis
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Word Origin and History for adonais

Adonai

Old Testament word for "God," late 14c., from Medieval Latin, from Hebrew, literally "my lord," from adon (see Adonis) + suffix of 1st person.

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