Definition of alpha and omega in English:

alpha and omega

phrase

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

    • ‘When Jesus talks about being alpha and omega, it offers the picture of someone at both ends of something, without middle ground.’
    • ‘A sign outside says in huge letters: Jesus said ‘I am the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He is the alpha and the omega, the principle and the end, the foundation stone and the keystone, the plenitude and the plenifier.’
    • ‘Are we willing to be the alpha and the omega rather than stand in the middle all the time?’
    1. 1.1 The essence or most important features:
      ‘collective bargaining is seen as the alpha and omega of trade unionism’
      • ‘In opposition to this tradition, Epicurus saw earthly pleasures as the alpha and omega of life.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We are the alpha and the omega in seashore dining and freshly prepared gourmet seafood.’
      • ‘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.’
      completely, entirely, totally, fully, wholly
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