Wandering Jew

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Wandering Jew a legendary Jew condemned to roam the world for mocking Jesus at the Crucifixion
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Wandering Jew any of several house plants of the genera Zebrina and Tradescantia having white-striped leaves, especially the creeping plants Zebrina pendula and Tradescantia fluminensis.
    • Wandering Jew (Bot) any one of several creeping species of Tradescantia, which have alternate, pointed leaves, and a soft, herbaceous stem which roots freely at the joints. They are commonly cultivated in hanging baskets, window boxes, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Wandering Jew a legendary Jew in the folklore of north-western Europe who cannot die but must wander till the Day of Judgment, for an insult offered to Christ on the way to the Crucifixion—various names given him are Cartaphilus, Isaac Laquedom, and Buttadeus
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wandrian; Ger. wandern; allied to wend, and to wind, to turn round.

Usage

In literature:

I feel rather like the wandering Jew and long for home and rest, without being dissatisfied with what I have and enjoy, God knows.
"Letters from Egypt" by Lucie Duff Gordon
Like the Wandering Jew he was doomed, followed by a relentless curse.
"Ben Blair" by Will Lillibridge
All the Jews exist still, and are wanderers.
"Pascal's Pensées" by Blaise Pascal
Then we rose, and wandered through the Jews' cemetery.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
The legend of the Wandering Jew obsessed the imagination of the Middle Age.
"Raemaekers' Cartoons" by Louis Raemaekers
All these propensities were greatly stimulated by reading at this time the Wandering Jew of Eugene Sue.
"Confessions of Boyhood" by John Albee
Wohlfart, you are a good fellow for lending me the money, though this wandering Jew's report was in your head.
"Debit and Credit" by Gustav Freytag
The story of the Wandering Jew would be a strange one, anywhere and anyhow.
"Everyman's Land" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
Art thou the Wandering Jew?
"The Bon Gaultier Ballads" by William Edmonstoune Aytoun Theodore Martin
I thought he must have been as weary of his journeyings as the Wandering Jew.
"The Chauffeur and the Chaperon" by C. N. Williamson
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In poetry:

He's a Rip van Winkle skipper,
A Wandering Jew of the sea,
Who sails his bedevilled old clipper
In the wind's eye, straight as a bee.
"The Flying Dutchman" by James Russell Lowell
"To whom?" you ask. I ask of you.
The answer hardly needs suggestion;
Of course it was the Wandering Jew,--
How could you put me such a question?
"The First Fan" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Oh the dreadful Old Man of the Sea, of the Sea
He's come back like the Wandering Jew!
He has had his cold claw upon me, upon me,--
And be sure that he'll have it on you!
"The Old Man Of The Sea" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
And if for a moment, forgetting to ponder
On grief and oppression, song breaks out anew,
I hear in his lay only: "Wander and wander!"
And ev'ry note tells me the singer's a Jew.
"Sephirah" by Morris Rosenfeld
O, never, O, never will I hear an orphan cry,
Nor yet a gentle virgin until the day I die;
You wandering Jews that travel the wide world round,
May knock at the door where truth is to be found.
"The Masonic Hymn" by Anonymous British
Ah! commend me to Mary Magdalen
With her sevenfold plagues, to the wandering Jew,
To the terrors which haunted Orestes when
The furies his midnight curtains drew,
But charm him off, ye who charm him can,
That reading demon, that fat old man!
"The Demon Of The Study" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

We have a lovely xeriscape garden that has been invaded by what we are told is a relative of wandering Jew.
More than 300 baskets hang from poles in the greenhouse — wandering jews, rose moss, ivy and begonias are among them.
That sounds like our native spiderwort, and it is, indeed, a cousin of wandering Jew.
The Wandering Jews By JOSEPH ROTH.
TRANSLATOR'S PREFACE TO The Wandering Jews.
And that, too, is the central story of Passover — how the Jews fled Egypt, fled slavery, to wander , and then find a Promised Land.
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