Catholic Dictionary




Solemn prayerful affirmation, taken over by the Christians from the synagogue for scriptural and liturgical use in apostolic times. It was often spoken by Christ, and is given as one of his names (Revelation 3:14). Now used as an acclamation of assent or religious confirmation of the speaker's own thoughts. (Etym. Latin amen; Greek amen, verily; Hebrew amen verily, sobeit; from aman, to confirm.)