& [L. Amen, Gr, Heb. Amn certainly, truly.
An expression used at the end of prayers, and meaning, So be it. At the end of a creed, it is a solemn asseveration of belief. When it introduces a declaration, it is equivalent to truly, verily. It is used as a noun, to demote: concurrence in belief, or in a statement; assent; the final word or act; Christ as being one who is true and faithful. "And let all the people say, Amen." (Ps. Cvi. 48) "Amen, amen, I say to thee, except a man be born again, he can not see the kingdom of God." (John II. 3. Rhemish Trans) To say amen to, to approve warmly; to concur in heartily or emphatically; to ratify; as, I say Amen to all.
(01 Mar 1998)
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