Definition of theophoric in English:

theophoric

(also theophorous)

adjective

  • Bearing the name of a god.

    • ‘In Egypt and Israel, theophoric names were used to induce a deity to place a person under his or her protection.’
    • ‘A great number of the nobility took theophorous (god-bearing) names compounded with Mithras.’
    • ‘However, among the ancient Semites there existed a common custom to use theophorous names.’
    • ‘Note that Shelumiel holds the record for theophoric elements in his name.’
    • ‘From the 5th Dynasty on, there would be only a few kings that did not have the theophorous element ‘Re’ in their praenomen.’
    • ‘Surprisingly, however, they are not attested in any Western Iranian theophoric names.’
    • ‘It occurred among the Arabs of later times, in theophorous names and on its own.’
    • ‘The ‘fish’ sign could then be a rebus forming part of a theophoric name - a very common occurrence in Indian culture, where people are often named after gods and goddesses.’
    • ‘Apparently the technical word to describe these names is theophoric (literally, ‘carrying God’) or theophorous.’
    • ‘The name of this deity was used in theophoric personal names in a number of Canaanite cities and continues in use in Israel today.’
    • ‘The theophoric element ‘nabu’ appears in names like Nabonaid, Nabopolasser, and Nabuchadnezzer.’
    • ‘Gerard Gertoux does an extensive review of the Hebrew theophoric names in his books, and a section on the theophoric names is on the net.’
    • ‘More generally there were contractions in the theophoric names.’
    • ‘They gave themselves theophorous or god bearing names: you can hear the ‘ya’ in such names as Ananiah, Azariah, and Hilkiah.’
    • ‘Both Isaac and Jacob are abbreviated theophorous names.’
    • ‘Punic names were characteristically theophoric, and the Romanizing upper classes of North Africa typically assumed Latin names that retained the religious or moralistic connotations of the originals.’
    • ‘He can of course say this carelessly only because there is no doubt about his divine status; moreover it cannot be questioned that the first element is theophorous in the strictest sense.’
    • ‘In this context, these theophoric elements are abbreviations of the divine name.’
    • ‘Among the various economic documents Pettinato translated were names with a theophorous element, which he read as ‘Ya’.’
    • ‘Finally Parker raises, but unfortunately has not space to pursue, the important issue of the light changes in patterns of theophoric name usage may shed on changes in religious attitudes.’

Pronunciation

theophoric

/THēəˈfôrik/