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Nazarite

or Nazirite

[naz-uh-rahyt] /ˈnæz əˌraɪt/
noun
1.
(among the ancient Hebrews) a person who had taken certain strict religious vows, usually for a limited period.
2.
Rare. a Nazarene.
3.
Rare. Christ.
4.
Obsolete. a Christian.
Origin of Nazarite
1550-1560
1550-60; < Late Latin Nāzar(aeus) (< Greek Nāzēraîos, equivalent to nāzēr (< Hebrew nāzīr consecrated person) + -aios suffix) + -ite1
Related forms
Nazaritic
[naz-uh-rit-ik] /ˌnæz əˈrɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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Nazarite1

/ˈnæzəˌraɪt/
noun
1.
another word for Nazarene (sense 1), Nazarene (sense 2)

Nazarite2

/ˈnæzəˌraɪt/
noun
1.
a religious ascetic of ancient Israel
Word Origin
C16: from Latin Nazaraeus, from Hebrew nāzīr, from nāzar to consecrate + -ite1
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