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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 An·a·ni·as /ˌænəˈnaɪəs/

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : a habitual liar (after a New Testament character who was
          struck dead for lying)

From: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

    a common Jewish name, the same as Hananiah. (1.) One of the
    members of the church at Jerusalem, who conspired with his wife
    Sapphira to deceive the brethren, and who fell down and
    immediately expired after he had uttered the falsehood (Acts
    5:5). By common agreement the members of the early Christian
    community devoted their property to the work of furthering the
    gospel and of assisting the poor and needy. The proceeds of the
    possessions they sold were placed at the disposal of the
    apostles (Acts 4:36, 37). Ananias might have kept his property
    had he so chosen; but he professed agreement with the brethren
    in the common purpose, and had of his own accord devoted it all,
    as he said, to these sacred ends. Yet he retained a part of it
    for his own ends, and thus lied in declaring that he had given
    it all. "The offence of Ananias and Sapphira showed contempt of
    God, vanity and ambition in the offenders, and utter disregard
    of the corruption which they were bringing into the society.
    Such sin, committed in despite of the light which they
    possessed, called for a special mark of divine indignation."
      (2.) A Christian at Damascus (Acts 9:10). He became Paul's
    instructor; but when or by what means he himself became a
    Christian we have no information. He was "a devout man according
    to the law, having a good report of all the Jews which dwelt" at
    Damascus (22:12).
      (3.) The high priest before whom Paul was brought in the
    procuratorship of Felix (Acts 23:2, 5, 24). He was so enraged at
    Paul's noble declaration, "I have lived in all good conscience
    before God until this day," that he commanded one of his
    attendants to smite him on the mouth. Smarting under this
    unprovoked insult, Paul quickly replied, "God shall smite thee,
    thou whited wall." Being reminded that Ananias was the high
    priest, to whose office all respect was to be paid, he answered,
    "I wist not, brethren, that he was the high priest" (Acts 23:5).
    This expression has occasioned some difficulty, as it is
    scarcely probable that Paul should have been ignorant of so
    public a fact. The expression may mean (a) that Paul had at the
    moment overlooked the honour due to the high priest; or (b), as
    others think, that Paul spoke ironically, as if he had said,
    "The high priest breaking the law! God's high priest a tyrant
    and a lawbreaker! I see a man in white robes, and have heard his
    voice, but surely it cannot, it ought not to be, the voice of
    the high priest." (See Dr. Lindsay on Acts, _in loco_.) (c)
    Others think that from defect of sight Paul could not observe
    that the speaker was the high priest. In all this, however, it
    may be explained, Paul, with all his excellency, comes short of
    the example of his divine Master, who, when he was reviled,
    reviled not again.

From: Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary (late 1800's)

 Ananias, or Ananiah, the cloud of the Lord