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[am-uh-rahyt] /ˈæm əˌraɪt/
a member of one of the principal tribes, or nations, of Canaan before its conquest by the Israelites. II Sam. 12:26–31.
the Semitic language of the Amorites.
Origin of Amorite
1600-10; < Hebrew ĕmōr(ī) Amorites + -ite1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • We must regard the amorites as the earlier population, among a part of whom the Hittites in later days settled and intermarried.

    The Hittites A. H. Sayce
  • So you have been playing cards with the amorites, you godless man!

    Manasseh Maurus Jokai
  • Hittites and amorites were interlocked both in the north and in the south.

    Patriarchal Palestine Archibald Henry Sayce
  • The amorites, on the contrary, were a tall and handsome people.

    The Hittites A. H. Sayce
  • The amorites, as we may venture to assume, were the Amari of Egyptian inscriptions.

  • It was the amorites, he said, who originally held that part of Syria.

    Judges and Ruth Robert A. Watson
  • And Moses sent to spy out Jazer, and they took the towns thereof, and drove out the amorites that were there.

    The Bible Story Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
  • The amorites afterwards swept into Assyria, which they Semitized.

  • "I like it better than the land of the amorites and the Hittites," she responded so promptly that the other gaped.

    Miss Pat at School Pemberton Ginther
  • The name for Palestine in the cuneiform inscriptions is "Land of the amorites."

    The Prophet Ezekiel Arno C. Gaebelein
amorites in the Bible

highlanders, or hillmen, the name given to the descendants of one of the sons of Canaan (Gen. 14:7), called Amurra or Amurri in the Assyrian and Egyptian inscriptions. On the early Babylonian monuments all Syria, including Palestine, is known as "the land of the Amorites." The southern slopes of the mountains of Judea are called the "mount of the Amorites" (Deut. 1:7, 19, 20). They seem to have originally occupied the land stretching from the heights west of the Dead Sea (Gen. 14:7) to Hebron (13. Comp. 13:8; Deut. 3:8; 4:46-48), embracing "all Gilead and all Bashan" (Deut. 3:10), with the Jordan valley on the east of the river (4:49), the land of the "two kings of the Amorites," Sihon and Og (Deut. 31:4; Josh. 2:10; 9:10). The five kings of the Amorites were defeated with great slaughter by Joshua (10:10). They were again defeated at the waters of Merom by Joshua, who smote them till there were none remaining (Josh. 11:8). It is mentioned as a surprising circumstance that in the days of Samuel there was peace between them and the Israelites (1 Sam. 7:14). The discrepancy supposed to exist between Deut. 1:44 and Num. 14:45 is explained by the circumstance that the terms "Amorites" and "Amalekites" are used synonymously for the "Canaanites." In the same way we explain the fact that the "Hivites" of Gen. 34:2 are the "Amorites" of 48:22. Comp. Josh. 10:6; 11:19 with 2 Sam. 21:2; also Num. 14:45 with Deut. 1:44. The Amorites were warlike mountaineers. They are represented on the Egyptian monuments with fair skins, light hair, blue eyes, aquiline noses, and pointed beards. They are supposed to have been men of great stature; their king, Og, is described by Moses as the last "of the remnant of the giants" (Deut. 3:11). Both Sihon and Og were independent kings. Only one word of the Amorite language survives, "Shenir," the name they gave to Mount Hermon (Deut. 3:9).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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