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

  • abbr. Latin Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum (Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews)

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  • To the word INRI, inscribed on the Crux Ansata over the Master's Seat, many meanings have been assigned.

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  • "Not at all," said the Marquis, "the painter is called INRI; do you not see his name upon all the pictures?"

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  • Sight gags, flying saints, translucent fish, snakes, all manner of theatrical amusement is deployed within the gym-like space, the cross's formidable "INRI" on one side and a menacing Nazi banner on the other.

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  • We would take rocks and cover them with moss, and place pots of spring bulbs and branches to make Gethsemane and Calvary, with three crosses made of twigs lashed together on a hill, one with 'INRI' on in carefully-inked lettering on a little notice.

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  • Sight gags, flying saints, translucent fish, snakes, all manner of theatrical amusement is deployed within the gym-like space, the cross's formidable "INRI" on one side and a menacing

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  • Salvaged copper was cut into strips and stamped with 'INRI' to decorate the crosses.

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  • The guy from Satyricon seems to be very accurate - listening to the sustained ~260 bpm blast beats on "INRI" (a sped-up Sarcofago cover) sounds almost mechanical even though the production isn't that clean by Satyricon standards.

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  • It had a sign saying "INRI" attached to it (my mother made the sign using cardboard my dad's shirts were wrapped around by the laundry; to this day I call this white-on-one-side, gray-on-the-other-side cardboard "shirt cardboard").

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  • Other common abbreviations — also known as Christograms — include the INRI (from the Latin for “Jesus Nazarene, King of the Jews”) on crucifixes, the IHS (from the first three letters in “Jesus” in Greek) on tombstones, or the contracted nomina sacra in early Greek scriptures.

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  • If there's no nail holes, bloodstains, and the INRI sign on it, Jesus hasn't died for your sins yet.

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  • One of the mysterious words that haunted my childhood, delighting and awing me and, perhaps, nurturing my desire to understand the meanings of words and symbols. Others encountered in my otherwise austere Presbyterian church were IHS, which was both the initials of the first three words of the message in Constantine's vision: In hoc signo vinces as well as the first three letters of Jesus' name, in a kind of Latinized Greek alphabet: IHSOYS, and the intersecting Chi Rho (XP), another Constantinian symbol.

    May 27, 2011