Definition of Philemon

1. Noun. (Greek mythology) a simple countryman who offered hospitality to Zeus and Hermes when they came to earth without revealing their identities in order to test people's piety.

Category relationships: Greek Mythology
Generic synonyms: Countryman, Ruralist

2. Noun. (New Testament) a Christian (probably living in Colossae) whose slave escaped and went to see Saint Paul.
Category relationships: New Testament
Generic synonyms: Colossian

3. Noun. A New Testament book containing an epistle from Saint Paul to Philemon asking Philemon to forgive the slave for escaping.

Definition of Philemon

1. Proper noun. (biblical character) The eighteenth book of the New Testament of the Bible, the epistle of St Paul to a fellow Christian called Philemon. ¹

2. Proper noun. (Ancient Greek male given name), always rather rare. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Philemon

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Philadelphia fleabane
Philadelphia lawyer
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Philadelphia pepper pot
Philadelphus coronarius
Philaenus spumarius
Philautus steineri
Philautus stuarti
Philautus surrufus
Philibert Delorme
Philibert de l'Orme
Philip's glands
Philip Anderson
Philip Augustus
Philip Dormer Stanhope
Philip II
Philip II of Macedon
Philip II of Spain
Philip Marlowe
Philip Michael Ondaatje
Philip Milton Roth
Philip Roth

Literary usage of Philemon

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"Onesimus, most likely only one of many slaves of philemon, fled away and, ... Hut philemon had a prior claim; Onesimus, as a Christian, was obliged to make ..."

2. Christian Workers' Commentary on the Old and New Testaments: Arranged in by James Martin Gray (1915)
"But it was addressed to philemon, beyond doubt, on the earlier occasion. ... In verse 23 Epaphras is named as one known to philemon, who, according to ..."

3. The Animal Kingdom Arranged in Conformity with Its Organization by Georges Cuvier, Edward Griffith, Charles Hamilton Smith, Edward Pidgeon, John Edward Gray, George Robert Gray (1829)
"philemon Chrysopterus, Vieil. Brown ; wing-spot orange ; quill and outer ... philemon, Vieil. Blue and green ; varied nape; throat and base of quill fulvous ..."

4. An Introduction to the Critical Study and Knowledge of the Holy Scriptures by Thomas Hartwell Horne (1825)
"philemon seems to have been a person of great worth as a man, ... According to Grotius, philemon was an elder of Ephesus ; Beausobre and Dr. Doddridge ..."

5. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"BAUCIS, in mythology, a Phrygian woman, the wife of philemon. ... philemon and Baucis are, therefore, names often used to indicate faithful and attached ..."

6. Modern Music and Musicians by Louis Charles Elson (1918)
"philemon ET BAUCIS Opera in two acts by Charles François Gounod. Text by Barbier and Carré. IN the first act Jupiter comes to philemon's hut, accompanied by ..."

7. Explanatory Notes Upon the New Testament by John Wesley (1850)
"ONESIMUS, servant of philemon, an eminent person in Colosse, ran away from his master to ... It seems philemon not only pardoned, but gave him his liberty; ..."

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