Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • In the Bible, an officer in the Israelite army and the husband of Bathsheba. He was sent to die in battle so that David could marry his wife.

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  • proper n. Any of a number of Old Testament men, including Bathsheba's husband whom David sent to death.
  • proper n. A male given name of Biblical origin.

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  • n. (Old Testament) the husband of Bathsheba and a soldier who was sent to die in battle so that king David could marry his wife (circa 10th century BC)

Etymologies

From Classical Hebrew אוּרִיָּה ('ūriyyā), literally “God is my light”. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In a takeoff on the Scorcese classic After Hours, she stumbles into a gothy, pervy nightclub where popmetal band Uriah is playing.

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  • There’s a similar thoughtfulness in Uriah Robinson’s latest posting on his Crime Scraps blog – a review of Philip Kerr’s March Violets which not only tells you everything you need to know about the book but also links it pertinently to the recent Austrian elections.

    From Mongolia by way of northern England

  • ‘Oh, how pleasant to be called Uriah, spontaneously!’ he cried; and gave himself a jerk, like a convulsive fish.

    David Copperfield

  • “Oh, how pleasant to be called Uriah, spontaneously!

    XXV. Good and Bad Angels

  • 'Oh, how pleasant to be called Uriah, spontaneously!' he cried; and gave himself a jerk, like a convulsive fish.

    David Copperfield

  • To avoid discovery, David recalled Uriah from the war, and bade him go home to his wife.

    God and my Neighbour

  • When the king first recalled Uriah from the field, Uriah went not to his own house, as he suspected foul play, having heard that Bath-sheba often appeared at court.

    The Woman's Bible

  • I couldn't find a picture of the Calvin Klein Shoes "Uriah", but here are my comfy new "work" shoes:

    VUBOQ Needs a New Pair of Shoes (or Two)

  • Its latest new piece, "Uriah," an orchestral work commissioned three years ago from the Israeli composer

    NYT > Home Page

  • "Uriah" is also a story of unchecked power, but it's an earnest cry of outrage instead of a puckish scherzo.

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