[ key-nahyt ]
/ ˈkeɪ naɪt /


a member of a Gnostic sect that exalted Cain and regarded the God of the Old Testament as responsible for evil.

Origin of Cainite

< Medieval Latin Cainīta (see cain, -ite1; compare Late Latin Caiānus with same sense) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cainite

  • In the meantime the holy men bewailed his wretched lot, as if he had been slain by the Cainite hypocrites.

  • Thus the division between the Cainite and Sethite races early became accentuated by a sectarian distinction as well.

  • This faith the other church, the Cainite church, not only has not, but ever persecutes it where she finds it.

  • But the Cainite wrath fires and distorts the eyes, scowls the brow, swells the cheeks with rage, and arms the hands.