Aceldama

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Aceldama The potter's field, said to have lain south of Jerusalem, purchased with the bribe which Judas took for betraying his Master, and therefore called the field of blood. Fig.: A field of bloodshed. "The system of warfare . . . which had already converted immense tracts into one universal aceldama ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Aceldama A field said to have been situated south of Jerusalem, the potter's field, purchased with the bribe which Judas took for betraying his Master, and therefore called the “field of blood.” It was appropriated to the interment of strangers.
    • n Aceldama Figuratively, any place stained by slaughter.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Aceldama a-sel′da-ma a field of blood—the name given to the field outside Jerusalem bought with the blood-money of Jesus.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. , fr. Syr. ōkēl damō, the field of blood
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr.—Aramaic.

Usage

In literature:

The eye of love proved keener than the eye of gratitude, and the Saxon lady even in that Aceldama knew her Harold.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 5" by Various
Thanks to Louis Bonaparte, this revered field of the Federation may in future be called Aceldama.
"Napoleon the Little" by Victor Hugo
Aceldama, the field of blood, 643.
"Jesus the Christ" by James Edward Talmage
It was the burying-place for strangers, Aceldama, the field of blood.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
They were glad to leave behind them this wild Aceldama.
"Celebrated Women Travellers of the Nineteenth Century" by W. H. Davenport Adams
Aceldama has been cleansed, but redemption seems to tarry.
"Victory out of Ruin" by Norman Maclean
War made the South an Aceldama; reconstruction made it a Gehenna.
"The Women of the Confederacy" by J. L. Underwood
This plain has been the Aceldama of the nations that have warred in Palestine.
"Heroines of the Crusades" by C. A. Bloss
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In poetry:

And the north was Gethsemane, without leaf or bloom,
A garden sealed;
And the south was Aceldama, for a sanguine fume
Hid all the field.
"Super Flumina Babylonis" by Algernon Charles Swinburne