Definition of Septuagint in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsepto͞oəˌjint/


A Greek version of the Hebrew Bible (or Old Testament), including the Apocrypha, made for Greek-speaking Jews in Egypt in the 3rd and 2nd centuries bc and adopted by the early Christian Churches.
Example sentences
  • The three-fold division of the Hebrew Bible is abandoned in the Septuagint.
  • The tradition of biblical translation being coloured by evangelical interests goes back to the time of the Septuagint.
  • Early Christians, including Paul, used Greek translations, the Septuagint, rather than Hebrew texts of Old Testament books.


Mid 16th century (originally denoting the translators themselves): from Latin septuaginta 'seventy', because of the tradition that it was produced, under divine inspiration, by seventy-two translators working independently.

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Syllabification: Sep·tu·a·gint

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