from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Philosophy In pre-Socratic philosophy, the principle governing the cosmos, the source of this principle, or human reasoning about the cosmos.
- n. Philosophy Among the Sophists, the topics of rational argument or the arguments themselves.
- n. Philosophy In Stoicism, the active, material, rational principle of the cosmos; nous. Identified with God, it is the source of all activity and generation and is the power of reason residing in the human soul.
- n. Judaism In biblical Judaism, the word of God, which itself has creative power and is God's medium of communication with the human race.
- n. Judaism In Hellenistic Judaism, a hypostasis associated with divine wisdom.
- n. Christianity In Saint John's Gospel, especially in the prologue (1:1-14), the creative word of God, which is itself God and incarnate in Jesus. Also called Word.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A word; reason; speech.
- n. The divine Word; Christ.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In theology, the Divine Word; the transcendent Divine Reason as expressed in a distinct personality; the Second Person in the Trinity, both before and after the incarnation: so called as expressing God both to God himself and to his creatures, as language expresses reason and as reason is expressed by language.
- n. In the philosophy of Heraclitus and the Stoics, the rational principle that governs and develops the universe.
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- n. the divine word of God; the second person in the Trinity (incarnate in Jesus)
Greek; see leg- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)