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or Nazirite

[naz-uh-rahyt] /ˈnæz əˌraɪt/
(among the ancient Hebrews) a person who had taken certain strict religious vows, usually for a limited period.
Rare. a Nazarene.
Rare. Christ.
Obsolete. a Christian.
Origin of Nazarite
1550-60; < Late Latin Nāzar(aeus) (< Greek Nāzēraîos, equivalent to nāzēr (< Hebrew nāzīr consecrated person) + -aios suffix) + -ite1
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[naz-uh-rit-ik] /ˌnæz əˈrɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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  • The devotion of the Nazarite and the affection of the Man were both perfect.

  • The vows of the Nazarite were dutiful under the former dispensation.

  • Unbelief says, "There is a lion in the way;" but faith slays the lion that roars along the path of the Nazarite of God.

    The Assembly of God C. (Charles) H. (Henry) Mackintosh
  • When the vows of the Nazarite were made lawfully, their matter was not indifferent.

  • After this, the priest shaved the head of the Nazarite at the door of the tabernacle, and burnt his hair on the fire of the altar.

  • It is the head of the Nazarite that is especially consecrated, and so it was in the taboo.

    Bible Studies Joseph M. Wheeler
  • On his road thither he met with Jonadab, who had adopted the Nazarite mode of life as introduced by Elijah.

  • Matthew likewise knew that this Nazarite referred to in Judges was Samson.

    The Christ John Eleazer Remsburg
  • The Nazarite vow is an act of sacrifice in accordance with the terms of the law laid down in Num.

    Chats on Costume G. Woolliscroft Rhead
  • Verily, master, I am vexed for the Nazarite maiden, for her tale is sad.

British Dictionary definitions for Nazarite


another word for Nazarene (sense 1), Nazarene (sense 2)


a religious ascetic of ancient Israel
Word Origin
C16: from Latin Nazaraeus, from Hebrew nāzīr, from nāzar to consecrate + -ite1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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