Definition of alpha and omega in English:

alpha and omega

phrase

  • 1The beginning and the end (used by Christians as a title for Jesus).

    • ‘Are we willing to be the alpha and the omega rather than stand in the middle all the time?’
    • ‘A range of portable items have been found bearing Christian motifs such as the chi-rho, alpha and omega, or the representation of a fish.’
    • ‘A sign outside says in huge letters: Jesus said ‘I am the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end’.’
    • ‘When Jesus talks about being alpha and omega, it offers the picture of someone at both ends of something, without middle ground.’
    • ‘He is the alpha and the omega, the principle and the end, the foundation stone and the keystone, the plenitude and the plenifier.’
    1. 1.1 The essence or most important features.
      ‘collective bargaining is seen as the alpha and omega of trade unionism’
      • ‘Well, I'm here to tell you that it's all bull-honky - the Marx Brothers are the alpha and the omega of silver screen comedy.’
      • ‘We are the alpha and the omega in seashore dining and freshly prepared gourmet seafood.’
      • ‘Why should one of the elect be bothered about table manners, if cognitive ability, without virtue or civility, is the alpha and omega of human excellence?’
      • ‘Instead, Jews and Judaism provided both the foundation of society and its hope for the future - they have become, if you will, the alpha and the omega of humanity.’
      • ‘In opposition to this tradition, Epicurus saw earthly pleasures as the alpha and omega of life.’
      completely, entirely, totally, fully, wholly
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