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[ih-skar-ee-uh t] /ɪˈskær i ət/
the surname of Judas, the betrayer of Jesus. Mark 3:19; 14:10, 11.
a person who betrays another; traitor.
Origin of Iscariot
< Latin Iscariōta < Greek Iskariṓtēs < Hebrew īsh-qərīyōth man of Kerioth a village in Palestine
Related forms
[ih-skar-ee-ot-ik] /ɪˌskær iˈɒt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
Iscariotical, adjective
Iscariotism, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for Iscariot
Historical Examples
  • "He is of the family of the Iscariot, I should opine," answered the Gascon.

    Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini
  • Here Justin was not an Iscariot or an Arnold, but a patriot and a savior.

    Justin Wingate, Ranchman John H. Whitson
  • Nothing is more treacherous than the human mind; nothing else so loves to play the Iscariot.

    Penrod Booth Tarkington
  • And for thee, my poor child, thy promise is sacred, were it made to Iscariot himself.

    Hypatia Charles Kingsley
  • It was addressed to the Iscariot because the Iscariot was trying to do just what you are trying to do.

    If Winter Comes A.S.M. Hutchinson
  • Weighborne and maybe his wife as well, whom I had already grossly insulted, would hear the reading of my Iscariot betrayal.

    The Portal of Dreams Charles Neville Buck
  • The father of Judas, not Iscariot, need not be considered, for we do not even know that he ever became a believer.

    The Expositor's Bible: Alfred Plummer
  • The wine jars were soon emptied, and I was ordered by Iscariot to refill them in the cellar.

  • Till the fugitive slave law was passed, we did not know what a great saint Iscariot was.

  • He drew the bolts, impelled Iscariot outward, and essayed to close the door.

    Once Aboard The Lugger Arthur Stuart-Menteth Hutchinson
British Dictionary definitions for Iscariot


See Judas (sense 1)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Iscariot

"traitor," 1640s, from the surname of Judas, betrayer of Jesus, in New Testament, from Latin Iscariota, from Greek Iskariotes, said to be from Hebrew ishq'riyoth "man of Kerioth" (a place in Palestine).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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