Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Dictionary

A modern dictionary of Catholic terms, both common and obscure. Find accurate definitions of words and phrases.

Search:

Or browse the dictionary by selecting a letter!
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

ADONIJAH

The fourth son of David and an older brother of Solomon. He aspired to succeed his father as king, even though he knew that his brother had been promised the throne. Sensing his ambition, friends of Solomon urged the latter's mother, Bathsheba, to persuade David to forestall the conspiracy. David readily agreed and arranged to have Solomon escorted to Gihon, where he was anointed, proclaimed king, and seated on the throne. He took no immediate steps to punish Adonijah for conspiring against him, but when he learned from Bathsheba that his brother was seeking marriage with Abishag, a union that would threaten Solomon's sovereignty, he promptly ordered his brother's death. (I Kings 1, 2).

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Denial of Service Attack: Success! 2 hours ago
Federal debt as a social-justice concern 5 hours ago
Another side of Francis: US-Cuba role shows Pope's diplomatic muscle December 18
Silly season: a Christmas approaches, a scholar questions whether Jesus ever existed December 18
The intrinsic immorality of torture: still not convinced? December 18

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Europe seems 'elderly and haggard' CWN - November 25
Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch sign joint declaration, lament persecution of Christians CWN - December 1
Consistory for new cardinals scheduled for February CWN - December 11
Vatican report on US women religious calls for further self-assessment CWN - December 16
Pope brokered deal to open US-Cuba ties CWN - December 17