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Offline iohanne

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Duhul Sfant vs. Duhul Preasfant
« on: April 11, 2019, 07:34:00 PM »
Is there a difference in the meaning between 'Duhul Sfânt' and 'Duh Preasfânt'?  I accidentally stumbled across what appears to be a non-Orthodox Romanian evangelical hymn, and I noticed they used the latter term.  Does the prefix 'prea-' change or add anything to the meaning at all?
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Re: Duhul Sfant vs. Duhul Preasfant
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2019, 08:07:29 PM »
 “Preasfânt” means “most holy”
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Re: Duhul Sfant vs. Duhul Preasfant
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2019, 09:40:50 PM »
Is that an importation from Slavonic?
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Re: Duhul Sfant vs. Duhul Preasfant
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2019, 11:24:32 AM »
“Preasfânt” means “most holy”

Thank you very much, augustin717!

Is that an importation from Slavonic?

If you are referring to the word duh, then yes.  I do believe it came from дух / duch, depending on the Slavic language in question, and it does mean something like breath, spirit, smell or ghost, similar to the wide range of meanings that exists for the words in Latin spiritus, the Greek pneuma, or Arabic/Syriac/Hebrew rūḥ/rūħo/ruaħ.

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