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Sapphira

[suh-fahy-ruh] /səˈfaɪ rə/
noun
1.
a woman who, with her husband, Ananias, was struck dead for lying. Acts 5.
2.
Also, Sapphire
[saf-ahyuh r] /ˈsæf aɪər/ (Show IPA)
. a female given name.
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  • I never heard of chickens eating pebbles, observed Sapphira with a frown.

    Mr. Munchausen
     
    John Kendrick Bangs
  • Her eyes were so blue that but for the association he would have called her Sapphira.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • What a fine opportunity was afforded on this occasion to Sapphira, for fulfilling the high but difficult duties of her situation!

  • But Sapphira was "hardened through the deceitfulness of sin."

  • When he was buried, his wife Sapphira came, and knew not how it had befallen her husband.

  • Lysias told all save his meeting with Sapphira, and the procurator listened.

    Ulric the Jarl William O. Stoddard
  • In the banquet room and in the balconies get thou speech with this Sapphira.

    Ulric the Jarl William O. Stoddard
  • Away behind him in the palace, in the room where he had met her, sat Sapphira.

    Ulric the Jarl William O. Stoddard
  • In the dormitory Kezia, Sapphira and the youngest of their brothers were sleeping hard.

  • I do also retain some proprietorship in a certain pair of eyes which are like Sapphira's.

    Julia Ward Howe Laura E. Richards
British Dictionary definitions for Sapphira

Sapphira

/sæˈfaɪrə/
noun
1.
(New Testament) the wife of Ananias, who together with her husband was struck dead for fraudulently concealing their wealth from the Church (Acts 5)
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Sapphira in the Bible

beautiful, the wife of Ananias (q.v.). She was a partner in his guilt and also in his punishment (Acts 5:1-11).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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