- Used by AV in Luke 1:78 for ‘dawn’ (NRSV, REB) or ‘the rising Sun’ (NJB). It is a metaphor for the beginning of a new era; and the birth of Jesus came to be associated with the returning sun after the winter solstice; Christmas replaced the Roman pagan festival in honour of the Invincible Sun on 25 December early in the 4th cent.
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dayspring — day spring (d[=a] spr[i^]ng ), n. The beginning of the day, or first appearance of light; the dawn; hence, the beginning. Milton. [1913 Webster] The tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us. Luke i. 78. [1913… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
dayspring — [dā′spriŋ΄] n. [ME daies spring ( daies, gen. of dai): see DAY & SPRING] Old Poet. the dawn … English World dictionary
dayspring — /ˈdeɪsprɪŋ/ (say dayspring) noun Poetic dawn; daybreak … Australian English dictionary
dayspring — /day spring /, n. Archaic. dawn; daybreak. [1250 1300; ME; see DAY, SPRING] * * * … Universalium
dayspring — noun The beginning of the day, or first appearance of light; the dawn; daybreak … Wiktionary
Dayspring — (Job 38:12; Luke 1:78), the dawn of the morning; daybreak. (Comp. Isa. 60:1, 2; Mal. 4:2; Rev. 22:16.) … Easton's Bible Dictionary
dayspring — sb. Alys. 4290 … Oldest English Words
dayspring — n. sunrise, first light of day; dawn, time of day when the sun rises above the horizon … English contemporary dictionary
dayspring — n. Dawn, dawning. See daybreak … New dictionary of synonyms
dayspring — noun the first light of day we got up before dawn they talked until morning • Syn: ↑dawn, ↑dawning, ↑morning, ↑aurora, ↑first light, ↑daybreak, ↑ … Useful english dictionary