Definition of theophoric in US English:


(also theophorous)


  • Bearing the name of a god.

    • ‘Both Isaac and Jacob are abbreviated theophorous names.’
    • ‘More generally there were contractions in the theophoric names.’
    • ‘From the 5th Dynasty on, there would be only a few kings that did not have the theophorous element ‘Re’ in their praenomen.’
    • ‘In Egypt and Israel, theophoric names were used to induce a deity to place a person under his or her protection.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Surprisingly, however, they are not attested in any Western Iranian theophoric names.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, among the ancient Semites there existed a common custom to use theophorous names.’
    • ‘A great number of the nobility took theophorous (god-bearing) names compounded with Mithras.’
    • ‘Among the various economic documents Pettinato translated were names with a theophorous element, which he read as ‘Ya’.’
    • ‘Apparently the technical word to describe these names is theophoric (literally, ‘carrying God’) or theophorous.’
    • ‘The theophoric element ‘nabu’ appears in names like Nabonaid, Nabopolasser, and Nabuchadnezzer.’
    • ‘They gave themselves theophorous or god bearing names: you can hear the ‘ya’ in such names as Ananiah, Azariah, and Hilkiah.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In this context, these theophoric elements are abbreviations of the divine name.’
    • ‘The name of this deity was used in theophoric personal names in a number of Canaanite cities and continues in use in Israel today.’
    • ‘Note that Shelumiel holds the record for theophoric elements in his name.’