(A). One not to be seduced from his continency by the
severest temptation. The reference is to Joseph in Potiphar's house.
(Gen. xxxix.) (See Bellerophon.)
A great coat, so called after Joseph, who wore a garment or coat of
“At length, Mrs. Buby herself made her appearance; her venerable
person, endued with what was then called a joseph, an ample garment,
which had once been green, but now, betwixt stains and patches, had
become like the vesture of the patriarch whose name it bore—a
garment of divers colours.” —Sir W. Scott: The Pirate, chap.
(St.). Patron saint of carpenters, because he was of the
same craft. This is Joseph, husband of Mary, and the reputed father of
In Christian art Joseph is represented as an aged man with a budding
staff in his hand.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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