Definition of Jeremiah in English:


proper noun

  • 1(c.650–c.585 bc) a Hebrew major prophet who foresaw the fall of Assyria, the conquest of his country by Egypt and Babylon, and the destruction of Jerusalem. The biblical Lamentations are traditionally ascribed to him.

    1. 1.1A book of the Bible containing Jeremiah's prophecies.
    2. 1.2A person who complains continually or foretells disaster.
      • ‘Saturday's vote must force these Jeremiahs to question their consciences.’
      • ‘Despite the predictions of the Jeremiahs, the Vettriano market is still holding up.’
      • ‘Indeed, contemporary Jeremiahs were only too quick to seize on the corrupting consequences of consumerism.’
      • ‘So who's right, a Feelgood Fed or the housing Jeremiahs?’
      • ‘I ask myself: can anyone be both a proud father and a Jeremiah?’
      • ‘Countless Jeremiahs have denounced the impending death of the book at the hands of new forms of media.’
      • ‘That gloomiest of Jeremiahs, he conceded that to the inexperienced eye, the revolution in France exhibited a ‘fair prospect.’’
      • ‘Facing the chaos of industrialization, a new generation of Jeremiahs moved to restore the nation's ‘hearthstone values.’’
      • ‘Oramo shrugged off the Jeremiahs who were predicting that without Rattle the CBSO would back into obscurity.’
      • ‘The prophets of doom are pessimistic; the Jeremiahs predict misfortune and calamity.’
      • ‘Contrary to their claims, these writers are hardly courageous Jeremiahs crying out an unwelcome doctrine to rootless and anomic individuals.’
      • ‘Despite the Jeremiahs, tourism - Edinburgh's biggest industry - continues to expand.’
      • ‘Only a few brave economic writers are prepared to act as Jeremiahs.’
      • ‘It hasn't been publicly articulated because the great and the good of the arts community don't want to be seen as Jeremiahs.’
      spoilsport, moaner, complainer, mope, prophet of doom, cassandra, jeremiah, death's head at a feast
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