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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Byword  \By"word`\,  n.  [AS.  b["i]word;  b["i],  E.  by  +  word.] 
  1.  A  common  saying;  a  proverb;  a  saying  that  has  a  general 
  currency. 
 
  I  knew  a  wise  man  that  had  it  for  a  byword.  --Bacon. 
 
  2.  The  object  of  a  contemptuous  saying. 
 
  Thou  makest  us  a  byword  among  the  heathen.  --Ps. 
  xliv.  14 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  byword 
  n  :  a  condensed  but  memorable  saying  embodying  some  important 
  fact  of  experience  that  is  taken  as  true  by  many  people 
  [syn:  {proverb},  {adage},  {saw}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  By-word 
  Hebrew  _millah_  (Job  30:9),  a  word  or  speech,  and  hence  object 
  of  talk;  Hebrew  _mashal_  (Ps.  44:14),  a  proverb  or  parable.  When 
  it  denotes  a  sharp  word  of  derision,  as  in  Deut.  28:37,  1  Kings 
  9:7,  2  Chr.  7:20,  the  Hebrew  _sheninah_  is  used  In  Jer.  24:9  it 
  is  rendered  "taunt." 
 




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