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Tetragramʹmaton

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The four letters, meaning the four which compose the name of Deity. The ancient Jews never pronounced the word Jehovah composed of the four sacred letters JHVH. The word means “I am,” or “I exist” (Exod. iii. 14); but Rabbi Bechai says the letters include the three times—past, present, and future. Pythagoras called Deity a Tetrad or Tetractys, meaning the “four sacred letters.”

The words in different languages:

Arabic, Alla.

Assyrian, Adad.

Brahmins, Joss.

Danish, Godh.

Dutch, Godt.

East Indian, Zeul and Eai.

Egyptian, Zeut, Aumn, Amon.

French, Dieu.

German, Gott.

Greek, Zeus.

Hebrew, JHVH, Adon.

Irish, Dich.

Italian, Idio.

Japanese, Zain.

Latin, Deus.

Malayan, Eesf.

Persian, Soru, Syra.

Peruvian, Llan.

Scandinavian, Odin.

Spanish, Dios.

Swedish, Oodd, Goth.

Syriac, Adad.

Tahitan, Atua.

Tartarian, Tyan.

Turkish, Addi.

Vaudois, Diou.

Wallachian, Seue.


“Such was the sacred Tetragrammaton.

Things worthy silence must not be revealed.”


Dryden: Britannia Rediviva.

[We have the Egyptian Θωυθ, like that Greek Θεoζ.]

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Terry Alts
Tertium Quid
Terza Rima
Tesserarian Art
Tester
Tête-à-tête
Tête Bottée [Booted Head]
Tete du Pont
Tether
Tethys
Tetragrammaton
Tetrapla
Teucer
Teutons
Teutonic Knights
Th (Θ, theta)
⁂ T (τελεωσιζ)
Thais
Thalaba
Thales
Thalestris

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Tetragrammaton