Definitions

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

  • interj. Used at the end of a prayer or a statement to express assent or approval.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. At the end of Judeo-Christian prayers: so be it.
  • adv. At the end of a creed or in Biblical translations: truly, verily.
  • interj. An expression of strong agreement.
  • n. An instance of saying ‘amen’.
  • n. A title of Christ; the Faithful One (especially with reference to Revelation 3:14)
  • v. To say Amen.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • interj. An expression used at the end of prayers, and meaning, So be it. At the end of a creed, it is a solemn asseveration of belief. When it introduces a declaration, it is equivalent to truly, verily.
  • transitive v. To say Amen to; to sanction fully.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Verily; truly: retained in the Bible from the original.
  • It is so; after a prayer or wish, be it so: a concluding formula used as a solemn expression of concurrence in a formal statement or confession of faith, or in a prayer or wish.
  • A mere concluding formula.
  • n. He who is true and faithful: retained in the Bible from the original, as a title of Christ.
  • n. An expression of concurrence or assent; an assertion of belief.
  • n. The concluding word or act; end; conclusion.
  • To ratify solemnly; say amen to; approve.
  • To say the last word to; end; finish.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a primeval Egyptian personification of air and breath; worshipped especially at Thebes

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English, from Late Latin āmēn, from Greek, from Hebrew 'āmēn, certainly, verily, from 'āman, to be firm; see אmn in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ecclesiastical Latin āmēn, from Ancient Greek ἀμήν (amēn), from Classical Hebrew אמן (amén, "certainly, truly") (cognate with Arabic آمين (ʾāmīn), Classical Syriac ܐܡܝܢ ('āmēyn)) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Then again, he did use the word "mellifluous" just for flare -- maybe saying, "amen" is just some literary device we don't understand yet ...

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  • Hell if you go back and look at the comments you will see ALL of what you term his amen corner saying he should write about G Gordon Liddy whom IS an equivalent of Bill Ayers instead of continuing to get on the tireswing and yearn for the McCain of old.

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  • The word amen means truly, certainly, so be it -- from the verb to confirm, to establish, to be true.

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  • This Christian soldier thing has to stop before everyone gets killed in Jesus name amen!

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  • In consequence of Mrs. Snagsby looking deeply edified, Mr. Snagsby thinks it expedient on the whole to say amen, which is well received.

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  • I call those things that be not as though they are, in Jesus name amen and amen.

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  • It will doubtless be looked upon as heresy for a children's librarian to own that she has a deal of sympathy for the down-trodden adult of the present; that there have been moments when she has even gone so far as to say an "amen" -- under her breath -- to the librarian who, after a day of vexations at the hands of the exasperating young person represented in our current social writings as a much-sinned-against innocent, wrathfully exploded, "Children ought to be put in a barrel and fed through the bung till they are twenty-one years old!"

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  • In consequence of Mr.. Snagsby looking deeply edified, Mr. Snagsby thinks it expedient on the whole to say amen, which is well received.

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  • I simply prayed, "Jesus I command this sprang foot to be healed and the pain to leave right now in Jesus name amen" … he then immediately checked his foot to see if there was still pain when standing a certain way … and he was shocked, it was totally healed!

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  • When some people questioned how Obama could have sat in that cesspool of a church for a thousand Sundays, Obama said that anyone who would ask such a rude question was obviously a racist, knowing full well that the MSM, aka the amen corner, could be counted on not only to parrot his words, but to clap hands and shout "Hallelujah!"

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