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Definition of the noun Deesis

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  1. [rhetoric] A calling to witness.
  2. [rhetoric] The vehement expression of desire put in terms of "for someone's sake" or "for God's sake."


Deesis: In Byzantine art, and later Eastern Orthodox art generally, the Deësis or Deisis, is a traditional iconic representation of Christ in Majesty or Christ Pantocrator: enthroned, carrying a book, and flanked by the Virgin Mary and St. John the Baptist, and sometimes other saints and angels. Mary and John, and any other figures, are shown facing towards Christ with their hands raised in supplication on behalf of humanity.

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Google previewMedieval Art (1996)

A Topical Dictionary by Leslie Ross

Deesis is a Greek term for "supplication." It refers to the image of *Christ enthroned or standing, flanked by the figures of the Virgin *Mary and Saint *John the Baptist who intercede for humankind. The image is frequently found as the focal point ...

Google previewFranciscans at Prayer (2007)

by Timothy Johnson

the Deesis is a compelling [ QUANTz] # * Q - === Q A Altar of. 43 After Elias's disgrace and ouster from the order ...

Google previewSound Doctrine for Today's Christians; What the Bible Says (2009)

by Preston N. Tolliver

Deesis is a prayer as a petition/request. Euche is a prayer as a wish expressed petition to God or in votive obligation [a vow]. Then, there is just calling on the name of the Lord; Father or Jesus help us, can undoubtedly be a sacred prayer.

Google previewThe Mystical Language of Icons (2005)

by Solrunn Nes

The Greek word deesis means intercession. On the iconostasis, the row of intercessors is usually extended with the archangels Michael and Gabriel, the apostles Peter and Paul, the Church fathers Basil the Great and John Chrysostom and ...

Google previewDiscovering Gurdjieff (2008)

by Dorothy Phillpotts

The word Deesis means prayer, and in the central group, which shows us the composition in its original form, we see the Virgin and St John the Baptist meditating on behalf of humanity at the throne of Christ. In its extended form, as we see ...

Google previewDictionary of Rhetorical Terms (2010)

by Gregory T. Howard

Study Summary: Deesis is a close relative of Optatio. Appeal: Pathos, Ethos Dehortatio (Di:-hour-ta-ti:-ou): A statement meant to discourage. Demonstratio: A vivid description. A synonym of Enargia.

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Byzantium (2012)

by John H. Rosser

DEESIS. Greek for “entreaty,” referring to an image of intercession in Byzantine art. This can include the image of a donor presenting a gift, but typically it is an image of the Theotokos and John the Baptist in poses of intercession on either side ...

Google previewUnited Editors Encyclopedia and Dictionary (1907)

A Library of Universal Knowledge and an Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language ...

DEESIS—-DEFAUL'1'. DEESlS, ii. dé-é'sis [Gr. deésia, a supplication]; an invocation; a supplication. DEFACE. v. dé-fiis' [OF. desfacer, to efiace, to rase~ from F. des, and face—from L. dis, apart, away; faciée, the face: F. dejaire. to undo]: to ...

Google previewFausset's Bible Dictionary and King James Bible (2017)

by TruthBeTold Ministry, Robert Jamieson, Andrew Robert Fausset, David Brown

"Prayer," proseuchee, for obtaining blessings f, implying devotion; "supplication," deesis, for averting evil. "Prayer" the general term; "supplication" with imploring earnestnessf (implying the suppliant's sense of need); enteuxis, intercession f for ...

Google previewA Concise Dictionary of Theology

by by Gerald O’Collins, SJ, and Edward G. Farrugia, SJ

The deesis (Gr. “prayer”), acommon iconographic composition at thecenter oftheiconostasis, shows the Motherof God and St. John the Forerunner(as John the Baptist is frequently called in the East) interceding with Christ, who isportrayed as ...

Google previewThe rhymers' lexicon (1971)

by Andrew Loring, George Saintsbury

anaesthesis anamnesis anthesis aposiopesis catachresis deesis diaporesis diegesis diesis erotesis exegesis hyperœsthesis mathesis mimesis ochlesis paracentesis perichoresis. 416 sage] E as in Metre.

Google previewThe Grandiloquent Dictionary - Tenth Anniversary Edition (2010)

by Christopher Bird

or to decapitate someone decubitis - One's position or posture while sleeping deesis - A speech or request made to a supreme being defalcation - Misappropriation of funds by the person or group entrusted with them defecalgesiophobia - A ...

Google previewDictionary Of World Literature - Criticism, Forms, Technique (2013)

by Joseph T Shipley,

deesis. See Ecphonesis. definition. A statement of the connotation or intension of a term, for the purpose of clarifying discourse and avoiding relevant ambiguity. The traditional requirements of a good definition—that the defining ...

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Small photo of John the Baptist. From The Deesis mosaic in the Hagia Sophia church, Istanbul, TurkeySmall photo of Detail of the 'Deesis' mosaics in Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey. From the 13th century.Small photo of ISTANBUL, TURKEY - APRIL 10: Hagia Sophia - on April 10, 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey. Deesis mosaic in the interior of Hagia SophiaSmall photo of ISTANBUL, TURKEY - AUGUST 21: Jesus in the Deesis of Hagia Sophia, a Byzantine mosaic dated about 1280, on August 21, 2014, in Istanbul, Turkey.Small photo of 13th century Deesis Mosaic ISTANBUL: AUGUST 26, 2013Small photo of NOVGOROD, RUSSIA - JUNE 4, 2016: Antique Russian orthodox icon. The Deesis with St. Barbara and St. Parasceva Pyatnitsa painted on old wooden board, 15-th centurySmall photo of ISTANBUL, NOV 14: Ancient Deesis Mosaic of Jesus Christ (known as Christ Pantocrator) flanked by John the Baptist in the Hagia Sophia museum. November 14, 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey More...

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