it is so; so be it (used after a prayer, creed, or other formal statement to express solemn ratification or agreement).
an utterance of the interjection “amen.”.
a musical setting for such an utterance.
an expression of concurrence or assent:
The committee gave its amen to the proposal.
a primeval deity worshiped especially at Thebes, the personification of air or breath represented as either a ram or a goose (later identified with Amen-Ra).
amens does help we-all a powerful lot when we’s wrastlin’ wid we-all’s sperrits.
Peggy Stewart at School Gabrielle E. Jackson
I never was much of a hand to sound the amens, even in our own Methodist meetin’s.
Sonny, A Christmas Guest Ruth McEnery Stuart
Sleepily but happily we responded with hallelujahs and amens.
Against the Current Edward A. Steiner
How those men used to pray with stentorian voice, which called forth loud “amens” from voices all over the chapel!
Recollections of a Long Life John Stoughton
Romalls, amens, casserillias, and ribdilures were high-sounding but perishable.
The Old Furniture Book N. Hudson Moore
The piety of neither gallery nor convention could be questioned if the fervor and frequency of amens!
Dixie After the War Myrta Lockett Avary
It meant a sore and troubled conscience, because her eye would travel ahead on the page to the amens.
Emmy Lou George Madden Martin
On Sunday (February 1st) I went to the cathedral service, and it vexed me to hear them singing their prayers and amens.
The Chronicles of Crime or The New Newgate Calendar. v. 2/2 Camden Pelham
Momentary pauses between lines were punctuated by hallelujahs and amens.
Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
The elders did not know Will’s voice; so they would get warmed up by degree as the amens came thicker and faster.
Last of the Great Scouts Helen Cody Wetmore
so be it!: a term used at the end of a prayer or religious statement
the use of the word amen, as at the end of a prayer
say amen to, to express strong approval of or support for (an assertion, hope, etc)
(Egyptian myth) a local Theban god, having a ram’s head and symbolizing life and fertility, identified by the Egyptians with the national deity Amen-Ra
Old English, from Late Latin amen, from Ecclesiastical Greek amen, from Hebrew amen “truth,” used adverbially as an expression of agreement (e.g. Deut. xxvii:26, I Kings i:36; cf. Modern English verily, surely, absolutely in the same sense), from Semitic root a-m-n “to be trustworthy, confirm, support.” Used in Old English only at the end of Gospels, otherwise translated as Soðlic! or Swa hit ys, or Sy! As an expression of concurrence after prayers, it is recorded from early 13c.
This Hebrew word means firm, and hence also faithful (Rev. 3:14). In Isa. 65:16, the Authorized Version has “the God of truth,” which in Hebrew is “the God of Amen.” It is frequently used by our Saviour to give emphasis to his words, where it is translated “verily.” Sometimes, only, however, in John’s Gospel, it is repeated, “Verily, verily.” It is used as an epithet of the Lord Jesus Christ (Rev. 3:14). It is found singly and sometimes doubly at the end of prayers (Ps. 41:13; 72:19; 89:52), to confirm the words and invoke the fulfilment of them. It is used in token of being bound by an oath (Num. 5:22; Deut. 27:15-26; Neh. 5:13; 8:6; 1 Chr. 16:36). In the primitive churches it was common for the general audience to say “Amen” at the close of the prayer (1 Cor. 14:16). The promises of God are Amen; i.e., they are all true and sure (2 Cor. 1:20).
a relationship between two species of organisms in which the individuals of one species adversely affect those of the other and are unaffected themselves. amensalism (ā-měn’sə-lĭz’əm) A symbiotic relationship in which one organism is harmed or inhibited and the other is unaffected. Examples of amensalism include the shading out of one plant by a taller […]
. a person who has amentia. Historical Examples And when thou readest the second formula, if it be that thou art in ament thou takest thy form of earth again. Library of the World’s Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 13 Various I got one suit and took the rest out in ament’s old garments, […]
consisting of an . bearing . Historical Examples Instances of this kind may be met with in willows, hazels, alders, and other amentaceous plants. Vegetable Teratology Maxwell T. Masters
lack of intellectual development; imbecility; severe mental retardation. Historical Examples amentia shows itself negatively and passively; dementia, positively and energetically. Dderlein’s Hand-book of Latin Synonymes Ludwig Dderlein noun severe mental deficiency, usually congenital Compare dementia n. “mental deficiency,” late 14c., from Latin amentia “madness,” from amentem “mad,” from a- “away from” + mentem “mind” (see […]