- a descendant of Jacob, especially a member of the Hebrew people who inhabited the ancient kingdom of Israel.
- one of a group considered by its members or by others as God's chosen people.
- of or relating to ancient Israel or its people; Hebrew.
Origin of Israelite
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Examples from the Web for israelite
In the Bible, Moses does kill a guy—the Egyptian slave master who is beating an Israelite to death.Christian Bale: One Man's Moses Is Another Man's Terrorist
Candida Moss, Joel Baden
December 7, 2014
Archeological excavations have yielded many examples of ancient Israelite cups and they are made of cheap durable fabrics.Spain’s New ‘Holy Grail’: Jesus Couldn’t Afford That Kind of Bling
April 6, 2014
The Torah explicitly states, “There should be on law for the Israelite (ezrakh) and the stranger that dwells among you.”Shavuot and Self-Immolation
May 14, 2013
Her illustration here was my recounting of how a young Jon Peters played a fleeing Israelite in The Ten Commandments.The Maslin Stain: A Writer Defends Himself Against the NYT Critic
February 1, 2013
Hope to reach Israelite Bay to-morrow, as it is only sixteen miles distant.Explorations in Australia
The Israelite kissed it thrice with oriental veneration, and replaced it in his breast.
The Israelite did not answer, nor seem to hear this deprecatory remonstrance.
The Israelite Issa acknowledges the crime of which he is accused.The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ
Then, further, the new Israelite is to cherish the grace of godly fear.Messages from the Epistle to the Hebrews
Handley C.G. Moule
- Bible a member of the ethnic group claiming descent from Jacob; a Hebrew
- Bible a citizen of the kingdom of Israel (922 to 721 bc) as opposed to Judah
- a member of any of various Christian sects who regard themselves as God's chosen people
- an archaic and sometimes offensive word for a Jew
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Word Origin and History for israelite
late 14c., from Latin israelita, from Greek Israelites, from Israel (see Israel).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper