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Theophilus

[thee-of-uh-luh s] /θiˈɒf ə ləs/
noun
1.
a walled plain in the 4th quadrant of the face of the moon: about 65 miles (105 km) in diameter.
2.
a male given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for Theophilus

Theophilus1

/θɪˈɒfɪləs/
noun
1.
a conspicuous crater in the SE quadrant of the moon, 100 kilometres in diameter
Word Origin
after Theophilus (died 842 ad), Byzantine emperor and patron of learning

Theophilus2

/θɪˈɒfɪləs/
noun
1.
died 842 ad, Byzantine emperor (829–42); a patron of learning and supporter of iconoclasm
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Word Origin and History for Theophilus

masc. proper name, Greek Theophilos, literally "dear to God; loved by the gods," from theos "god" (see Thea) + philos "loved, beloved" (see -phile).

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Theophilus in the Bible

lover of God, a Christian, probably a Roman, to whom Luke dedicated both his Gospel (Luke 1:3) and the Acts of the Apostles (1:1). Nothing beyond this is known of him. From the fact that Luke applies to him the title "most excellent", the same title Paul uses in addressing Felix (Acts 23:26; 24:3) and Festus (26:25), it has been concluded that Theophilus was a person of rank, perhaps a Roman officer.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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