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[yoo-rahy-uh] /yʊˈraɪ ə/
Also, Douay Bible, Urias
[yoo-rahy-uh s] /yʊˈraɪ əs/ (Show IPA)
. Also called Uriah the Hittite. the husband of Bathsheba, and an officer in David's army. II Sam. 11.
a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “God is light.”. Unabridged
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  • We all know what he is to speak of; he looks troubled even to distress;it is the matter of Uriah the Hittite.

    Spare Hours John Brown
  • Uriah Mott, private, mustered out with company May 24, 1863.

    War from the Inside Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock
  • As against David or David's important supporters men like Uriah had no civil rights that could be enforced.

  • The other's tone was delightfully envious of Uriah's good fortune.

    The New Land Elma Ehrlich Levinger
  • Remember the example of Uriah, who would not take his ease nor his pleasure, though the King required him, and why?

  • Uriah couldn't help bragging a little as he told his good fortune.

    The New Land Elma Ehrlich Levinger
  • Uriah Snodgrass had already told the boys much about radium, and the various forms in which it might be found.

  • Poor Uriah has been disposed of, and now the lady sends you to look for his bones.

  • Without interchanging a word they went slowly out of the room together, Uriah looking after them.

  • "Well, I'll do that," responded Uriah, after some meditation.

    The Young Bridge-Tender Arthur M. Winfield
British Dictionary definitions for Uriah


(Old Testament) a Hittite officer, who was killed in battle on instructions from David so that he could marry Uriah's wife Bathsheba (II Samuel 11)
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Word Origin and History for Uriah

masc. proper name, in Old Testament, the Hittite husband of Bathsheba; of non-Hebrew (possibly Horite) origin, but explained by folk etymology as Hebrew Uriyyah, literally "flame of the Lord." Uriah Heep, character from Dickens' "David Copperfield" (1850) sometimes is invoked as the type of a hypocritically humble person.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Uriah in the Bible

the Lord is my light. (1.) A Hittite, the husband of Bathsheba, whom David first seduced, and then after Uriah's death married. He was one of the band of David's "mighty men." The sad story of the curel wrongs inflicted upon him by David and of his mournful death are simply told in the sacred record (2 Sam. 11:2-12:26). (See BATHSHEBA ØT0000474; DAVID.) (2.) A priest of the house of Ahaz (Isa. 8:2). (3.) The father of Meremoth, mentioned in Ezra 8:33.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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