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Indicating general or emphatic agreement to, with, or about something; an appropriation of the Christian term that concludes and affirms a prayer. Amen, brother. That's an idea I can get behind. "Let us strive toward a better future together," he said. "Amen," I replied. You're petitioning for pay raises for the whole department? Well, amen—I wholeheartedly support that initiative!
1. An area of seats in a church that is occupied by ardent worshippers. Aunt Mildred goes to church every day, so she sits in the amen corner on Sundays, while we're stuck in the back of the congregation. You've got to get here pretty early if you want to get a seat in the amen corner. Of course Grandmom is up there in the amen corner with all of her friends.
2. The tireless supporters of a person, group, or cause. It's a good thing that councilman has his amen corner to rally behind him, because none of the townspeople support his new bill! It's a long road to the major leagues, and you're going to need your amen corner to keep you going on dark days. You can't trust anything those guys say—they're basically the politician's amen corner.
obsolete An assistant or clerk who carries out the various duties for a parish or chapel. Few recognize the work of the amen curlers, who make sure the day-to-day tasks of the parish are looked after. Your grandmother was the amen curler, an incredibly vital part of the parish. If you want to have a Mass offered in honor of a loved one, you need to talk to the amen curler about that.
See also: amen
amen to that
An expression of agreement. A: "I'm glad this brutal winter is over." B: "Amen to that!" Lower taxes? Wow, amen to that. Amen to that, brother. That's an idea I can get behind.
say amen to that
An expression used to convey one's emphatic agreement. A: "I'm glad this brutal winter is over." B: "I think we can all say amen to that!" Lower taxes? Wow, I'll say amen to that.
yes and amen
An expression of emphatic or exaggerated agreement with or approval of something. "Yes" is sometimes repeated to add extra emphasis. A: "And that's why I believe we should instead be spending this money on public education!" B: "Yes, yes, yes, and amen! Finally, a politician who gets it!" A: "What do you think of pineapple on pizza?" B: "I say yes and amen!" I was good at my job, but I was tired of having to say "yes and amen" to all of my boss's dumb ideas.
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