Joseph vs Christian - What's the difference?

joseph | christian |

As a noun joseph

is (sometimes capitalised) a woman's riding habit worn in the 18th century with a long cape and buttons running down the front.

As an adjective christian is




(wikipedia Joseph)

Proper noun

(en proper noun)
  • (biblical) Eleventh and favorite son of Jacob, by his wife Rachel.
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  • Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours.
  • * 1913 ,
  • A few shocks of corn in a corner of the fallow stood up as if alive; she imagined them bowing; perhaps her son would be a Joseph .
  • The husband of Virgin Mary.
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  • And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph , which was the son of Heli.
  • The 12th sura (chapter) of the Quran
  • (Christianity) (Joseph of Arimathea); man who donated his own prepared tomb for the burial of Jesus.
  • , popular as a middle name.
  • * 1998 (Steven Herrick), A Place Like This , Univ. of Queensland Press, ISBN 0702229849, page 86:
  • I'm going to call him Joseph' / or Josephine if it's a girl. / Why? / Because it's a strong name, / Joe, ' Joseph . / You give a kid a name like Cameron / or Alfred, or something like that, / and they end up wearing glasses / and looking at computers for the rest of their life. / - - - So Joe it is. / He'll turn out strong. Strong and smart.

    See also

    * * (Saint Joseph) * (Joseph of Arimathea) English terms derived from the Bible ----




    (en noun)
  • A believer in Christianity.
  • * 2008 , Christopher Catherwood, Making War in the Name of God, Page 188
  • thousands of people have been killed in recent years in violence between Muslims and Christians .
  • * 1997', Anne Field, ''From darkness to light: how one became a '''Christian in the early church (ISBN 1888212063)
  • An individual who seeks to live his or her life according to the principles and values taught by Jesus Christ.
  • Hypernyms

    * religionist, theist, Abrahamist, People of the Book


    * Christianist

    Coordinate terms


    Proper noun

    (en proper noun)
  • found in England since the twelfth century.
  • of medieval usage, rare today.
  • Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • (not comparable) Of, like or relating to Christianity or Christians.
  • (not comparable) Of, like or relating to Jesus Christ.
  • Kind, charitable; moral; (a term of approbation).
  • That's very Christian of you.
  • * 1824 , Susan Ferrier, The Inheritance
  • I cannot help thinking there are people in the world who are very tiresome, very impertinent, and very disagreeable; yet, I don't think it would be a very Christian act were I to tell them so.
  • * 1854 , Nathaniel James Merriman, The Kafir, the Hottentot, and the frontier farmer (page 74)
  • I must say I have seen him do a very Christian act at the Fish River. Some Kafir women were there eating; he begged of them; they refused to give him any food. I gave him some of the victuals we were enjoying, and he instantly broke the bread, and gave of it to these very Kafir women who had just refused any of theirs.
  • * 1859 , David W. Belisle, The American family Robinson (page 290)
  • "Besides this," said the trapper, "it is hardly a Christian act to leave these two men to perish by the hands of the savages
  • * 1867 , Henry Shepheard, Ithuriel's spear; or, Is this Christianity? (page 118)
  • So, in his esteem, an auto da fé'' — an "act of faith," as the words mean — is ''really an act of faith — an act of such faith as the author of "Ecce Homo" approves — a most Christian act — a most humane act
  • * 1867? , Janet Robertson, Christine; or, Common-Place People
  • I have only been at home two days, and here I am come on the third to see you and Tiny, so it is not Christian of you — as my mother would say — to receive your dutiful grand-nephew in such an unkind manner
  • * 1981 , Mary Leader, Salem's Children , ISBN 084390982X, page 82
  • "Why should I? It's very Christian of you." "People here do not think of me as a Christian, Mitti." "I'd call it Christian charity," I floundered. "You think Christians have a monopoly on charity?" she asked. "Well, no," I stammered.
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  • Usage notes

    Use of the term "Christian" in the generalised approbative sense "kind, moral" may offend non-Christians. (See also the pejorative use of "Jew".)


    * (kind) charitable, helpful, kind, neighborly/neighbourly, sweet (informal)


    * (of or relating to Christianity or Christians) agnostic, atheist, heathen, non-Christian, pagan * corrupt, immoral, improper, unjust, savage

    Derived terms

    * Christian name

    See also

    * Catholic * fundamentalist * Jew * messiah * Mormon * Muslim * New Testament * Old Testament * Protestant




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