Main definitions of judas in English

: Judas1Judas2

Judas1

proper noun

  • 1An Apostle; full name Judas Iscariot. He betrayed Jesus to the Jewish authorities in return for thirty pieces of silver; the Gospels leave his motives uncertain. Overcome with remorse, he later committed suicide.

    1. 1.1A person who betrays a friend or comrade.
      • ‘She wondered uneasily if the group included a Judas.’
      • ‘Audrey is in purgatory and Ken is no better than a Judas.’
      • ‘That doesn't make him a Judas - he's quite entitled to move on.’
      • ‘I want to leave here in the right circumstances, not be seen as a Judas.’
      • ‘To his foes, he is a Judas who betrayed loyal friends.’

Pronunciation:

Judas

/ˈjo͞odəs/

Main definitions of judas in English

: Judas1Judas2

Judas2

proper noun

  • see Jude, St.

Pronunciation:

Judas

/ˈjo͞odəs/

Main definitions of judas in English

: Judas1Judas2

judas

(also judas hole)

noun

  • A peephole in a door.

    • ‘The door had a judas hole, covered by a small shutter with an enormous lock.’
    • ‘If that's not a snapshot of Margo glaring through the judas hole in the door of her padded cell, then the Professor needs to sharpen the intuitive faculties with a sabbatical of his own in Byron Bay.’
    hole, gap, aperture, space, orifice, vent, slot, window, crack, slit, gash, split, fissure, perforation, cleft, crevice, cut, incision, rent, cavity, cranny, groove, chink, eye, mouth
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Origin

Mid 19th century: from Judas Iscariot (see Judas), because of his association with betrayal.

Pronunciation:

judas

/ˈjo͞odəs/