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word

(News), noun account, advice, bulletin, communication, dispatch, information, intelligence, mention, message, report, statement

word

(Promise), noun affirmation, agreement, averment, avouchment, avowal, declaration, pledge, profession, solemn declaration, statement, undertaking, vow, warrant

word

(Term), noun adage, antonym, argument, coined word, colloquy, command, contention, dialogue, discourse, expression, homonym, maxim, mot, motto, observation, palaver, parlay, part of speech, phrase, proverb, remark, saying, statement, utterance, verbalism
Associated concepts: actionable words, words of art, words of limitation
See also: canon, declaration, disclosure, expression, intelligence, news, phrase, pledge, profession, promise, remark, term, undertaking, vow

WORD, construction. One or more syllables which when united convey an idea a single part of speech.
     2. Words are to be understood in a proper or figurative sense, and they are used both ways in law. They are also used in a technical sense. It is a general rule that contracts and wills shall be construed as the parties understood them; every person, however, is presumed to understand the force of the words be uses, and therefore technical words must be taken according to their legal import, even in wills, unless the testator manifests a clear intention to the contrary. 1 Bro. C. C. 33; 3 Bro. C. C. 234; 5 Ves. 401 8 Ves. 306.
     3. Every one is required to use words in the sense they are generally understood, for, as speech has been given to man to be a sign of his thoughts, for the purpose of communicating them to others, he is bound in treating with them, to use such words or signs in the sense sanctioned by usage, that is, in the sense in which they themselves understand them, or else he deceives them. Heinnec. Praelect. in Puffendorff, lib. 1, cap. 17, Sec. 2 Heinnec. de Jure Nat. lib. 1, Sec. 197; Wolff, lust. Jur. Nat. Sec. 7981.
     4. Formerly, indeed, in cases of slander, the defamatory words received the mildest interpretation of which they were susceptible, and some ludicrous decisions were the consequence. It was gravely decided, that to say of a merchant, "he is a base broken rascal, has broken twice, and I will make him break a third time," that no action could be maintained, because it might be intended that he had a hernia: ne poet dar porter action, car poet estre intend de burstness de belly. Latch, 104. But now they are understood in their usual signification. Comb. 37; Ham. N. P. 282. Vide Bouv. Inst. Index, h.t.; Construction; Interpretation.

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However, within the broad group of Christians, Protestants (including those who generically refer to themselves as "Christian") lean toward the literalist view, while Catholics divide evenly between seeing the Bible as the literal word of God and saying it is a book of stories.
These practices may or may not help one to make the word of God alive.
After a couple of our young people returned from a mission experience in Kenya and reported what they learned with regards to the word of God there, I think I agree with Piper and would want to turn up the heat a bit.
As a bishop I am sent to preach the Gospel, and to assist those whom I serve to encounter the word of God.
Like the sower featured in today's Matthean Gospel, Jesus spoke the word of God among us freely and unconditionally.
Based on 2 Timothy 2:9, the very title of the book becomes somewhat provocative when applied to a concrete, historical form of religion, namely, Sikhism: What exactly are we to expect from the encounter between Christianity and Sikhism if we accept the fundamental theological presupposition that the Word of God is universally present although hidden?
The four new mysteries comprising this outstandingly produced boxed set include: In Divine Proportion; In the Guise of Death; The Seed of Cunning; and The Word of God.
Did I believe the Bible was the word of God, or didn't I?
Fundamentalists of any stripe believe they have the word of God and reject any modern idea that homosexuality is an natural expression.
It was that very Word of God that had set us free from sin and death, free to go directly to God without any mediator but Jesus, free to worship as the Spirit led us.
Perry Professor of Bible and Chairman of the Department of Christian Studies, Union University, Jackson, Tennessee), The Holman Guide To Interpreting The Bible sets forth the basics of interpreting, applying, and communication the Word of God in teaching and preaching.
Tracing the evolving and competing theological approaches to reading the Word of God from the Apostle Paul through Augustine to Petrarch to Luther, Freinkel elaborates the teleology of text as Figura, written words depending on subsequent, multiply enlightened interpretations.