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Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Greek, mid-16th century


Involving or engaged in a headlong or potentially disastrous rush to do something.

Examples of Gadarene in a sentence

"In one Gadarene week, Arthur sold his car, dropped out of college, and joined the French Foreign Legion."

"Though it seemed like a Gadarene choice when the vice president of the company quit her job to buy a farm, she had planned the move for over a decade."

About Gadarene

“Gadarene” is based on the ancient Greek “Gadarēnós,” meaning “inhabitant of Gadara.” It’s a reference to a story in the Bible from the Book of Matthew.

Did you Know?

The term “Gadarene” derives from a biblical story sometimes called “the Miracle of the Gadarene Swine.” This is one of the miracles the New Testament reports Jesus performed: He exorcized evil spirits from a suffering man and cast the demons into a herd of swine, who then ran headlong into a lake. Because this act occurred near a town called Gadara, the term “Gadarene” came to describe a sudden (perhaps ill-advised) rush to action, similar to that of the Gadarene pigs.

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