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Lazarus

[laz-er-uh s] /ˈlæz ər əs/
noun
1.
the diseased beggar in the parable of the rich man and the beggar. Luke 16:19–31.
2.
a brother of Mary and Martha whom Jesus raised from the dead. John 11:1–44; 12:1–18.
3.
Emma, 1849–87, U.S. poet.
Origin of Lazarus
< Late Latin < Greek Lázaros < Hebrew Elʿāzār Eleazar (one God has helped)
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  • He had consulted with Mr. Arabin, who had suggested the propriety of calling in the aid of the Master of Lazarus.

    Barchester Towers Anthony Trollope
  • Though we are not told the age of Lazarus we judge that he was at most no more than in man's maturity.

  • And when he had thus spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.

    Biblical Extracts Robert Cooper
  • Were not those words he had just heard the despairing imprecations of Lazarus?

  • When Lazarus was raised from the dead it took him a long time to find out that he was again alive.

    Behind the Mirrors Clinton W. Gilbert
British Dictionary definitions for Lazarus

Lazarus

/ˈlæzərəs/
noun (New Testament)
1.
the brother of Mary and Martha, whom Jesus restored to life (John 11–12)
2.
the beggar who lay at the gate of the rich man Dives in Jesus' parable (Luke 16:19–31)
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Word Origin and History for Lazarus

Biblical character (Luke xvi:20), the poor man covered in sores; his name was extended in medieval usage to "any poor and visibly diseased person" (cf. lazar, mid-14c., "one deformed and nauseous with filthy and pestilential diseases" [Johnson]). The name is from a Greek rendition of Hebrew El'azar, literally "God has helped."

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Lazarus in Culture
Lazarus [(laz-uhr-uhs)]

A man brought back to life by Jesus after being in the tomb for four days. The incident is recorded in the Gospel of John. The raising of Lazarus is considered the crowning miracle or sign revealing Jesus as the giver of life. It also is the act that caused the enemies of Jesus to begin the plan to put Jesus to death. (See Crucifixion.)

Note: Someone who makes a comeback from obscurity is sometimes called a “Lazarus rising from the dead.”
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Lazarus in the Bible

an abbreviation of Eleazar, whom God helps. (1.) The brother of Mary and Martha of Bethany. He was raised from the dead after he had lain four days in the tomb (John 11:1-44). This miracle so excited the wrath of the Jews that they sought to put both Jesus and Lazarus to death. (2.) A beggar named in the parable recorded Luke 16:19-31.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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