maranatha definition

  • noun:
    • “Our Lord cometh;” -- a manifestation employed by St. Paul by the end of his very first Epistle into the Corinthians (xvi. 22). This term has been utilized in anathematizing persons for great crimes; whenever to state, “May the Lord come rapidly to just take vengeance of thy crimes.” See Anathema maranatha, under anathema.
    • A Grecized kind of an Aramaic appearance meaning ‘the Lord cometh’ (or based on some ‘the Lord hath come’), present 1 Cor. xvi. 22 soon after the word anathema, but having no grammatical connection with it.

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