Definition of Lazarus

1. Noun. The person who Jesus raised from the dead after four days in the tomb; this miracle caused the enemies of Jesus to begin the plan to put him to death.

2. Noun. The diseased beggar in Jesus' parable of the rich man and the beggar.
Generic synonyms: Beggar, Mendicant

Definition of Lazarus

1. Proper noun. (context: New Testament) A man, the brother of Mary and Martha, brought back to life by Jesus after being in the tomb for four days. ¹

2. Proper noun. (context: New Testament) A beggar in a parable told by Jesus Christ. ¹

3. Proper noun. (rare) (Hebrew male given name). ¹

4. Verb. To rescue a dying person. ¹

5. Verb. To raise from the dead. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Lazarus

Lawson's cypress
Lawson criterion
Layia platyglossa
Laysan duck
Laysan ducks
Lazzaro Spallanzani
LeCompte manoeuvre
LeCompte operation
LeRoi Jones
LeVeen shunt
Le Bel-van't Hoff rule

Literary usage of Lazarus

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1. The Library of Literary Criticism of English and American Authors by Charles Wells Moulton (1904)
"It will not be questioned that Emma lazarus represented the most intellectual type ... Emma lazarus, in a few of her Jewish writings, was a preacher to the ..."

2. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"lazarus partakes of the banquet in a place of honour (cf. John, xiii, 23). ... lazarus is not allowed to leave the heavenly banquet and tend to the outcast. ..."

3. The English and Scottish Popular Ballads by Francis James Child, George Lyman Kittredge (1886)
"a. Sylvester's Christmas Carols, p. 50. b. Husk, Songs of the Nativity, p. 94. A BALLET " of the Ryche man and poor lazarus " was licensed to Master John ..."

4. The World's Best Orations: From the Earliest Period to the Present Time by David Josiah Brewer, Edward Archibald Allen, William Schuyler (1899)
"He restored life to lazarus, but it was a temporal life, one that would die ... This is written of lazarus, not for lazarus himself, but for us and to us. ..."

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