from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A Grecized form of an Aramaic expression meaning ‘the Lord cometh’ (or according to some ‘the Lord hath come’), found in 1 Cor. xvi. 22 immediately after the word anathema, but having no grammatical connection with it.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun “Our Lord cometh;” -- an expression used by St. Paul at the conclusion of his first Epistle to the Corinthians (xvi. 22). This word has been used in anathematizing persons for great crimes; as much as to say, “May the Lord come quickly to take vengeance of thy crimes.” See Anathema maranatha, under anathema.


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