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seraphim

[ser-uh-fim] /ˈsɛr ə fɪm/
noun
1.
a plural of seraph.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English seraphin < Late Latin (Vulgate) seraphim < Hebrew śərāphīm

seraph

[ser-uh f] /ˈsɛr əf/
noun, plural seraphs, seraphim
[ser-uh-fim] /ˈsɛr ə fɪm/ (Show IPA)
1.
one of the celestial beings hovering above God's throne in Isaiah's vision. Isa. 6.
2.
a member of the highest order of angels, often represented as a child's head with wings above, below, and on each side.
Origin
1660-70; back formation from seraphim
Related forms
seraphlike, adjective
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Examples for seraphim
  • Her birds are a small, attractive, pure white breed she's named seraphim.
  • Let cherubim and seraphim now raise their voices high.
  • Its final scene is a sentimental leave-taking complete with a golden archangel and a flock of seraphim.
British Dictionary definitions for seraphim

seraph

/ˈsɛrəf/
noun (pl) -aphs, -aphim (-əfɪm)
1.
(theol) a member of the highest order of angels in the celestial hierarchies, often depicted as the winged head of a child
2.
(Old Testament) one of the fiery six-winged beings attendant upon Jehovah in Isaiah's vision (Isaiah 6)
Word Origin
C17: back formation from plural seraphim, via Late Latin from Hebrew
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Word Origin and History for seraphim

seraph

n.

1667, first used by Milton (probably on analogy of cherub/cherubim), back-formed singular from Old English seraphim (plural), from Late Latin seraphim, from Greek seraphim, from Hebrew seraphim (only in Isa. vi), plural of *saraph (which does not occur in the Bible), probably literally "the burning one," from saraph "it burned." Seraphs were traditionally regarded as burning or flaming angels, though the word seems to have some etymological sense of "flying," perhaps from confusion with the root of Arabic sharafa "be lofty." Some scholars identify it with a word found in other passages interpreted as "fiery flying serpent."

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seraphim in the Bible

mentioned in Isa. 6:2, 3, 6, 7. This word means fiery ones, in allusion, as is supposed, to their burning love. They are represented as "standing" above the King as he sat upon his throne, ready at once to minister unto him. Their form appears to have been human, with the addition of wings. (See ANGELS.) This word, in the original, is used elsewhere only of the "fiery serpents" (Num. 21:6, 8; Deut. 8:15; comp. Isa. 14:29; 30:6) sent by God as his instruments to inflict on the people the righteous penalty of sin.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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