1. a surname given by Jesus to James and John. Mark 3:17.
  2. (used with a singular verb) a vociferous preacher or orator.


  1. New Testament a nickname applied by Jesus to James and John in Mark 3:17
  2. a fiery preacher, esp one with a powerful voice

name given by Christ to John and James, the two sons of Zebedee (Mark iii:17), from Galilean dialectal corruption of Hebrew bene reghesh “sons of rage” (interpreted in Greek as “sons of thunder”), from bene (see B’nai B’rith) + reghesh “commotion, tumult, throng.” Applied figuratively to zealous or loud preachers.

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