[ es-een, e-seen ]
/ ˈɛs in, ɛˈsin /

noun Judaism.

a member of a Palestinian sect, characterized by asceticism, celibacy, and joint holding of property, that flourished from the 2nd century b.c. to the 2nd century a.d.

Related forms

Es·se·ni·an [e-see-nee-uh n] /ɛˈsi ni ən/, Es·sen·ic [e-sen-ik] /ɛˈsɛn ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (ˈɛsiːn, ɛˈsiːn) /


Judaism a member of an ascetic sect that flourished in Palestine from the second century bc to the second century ad, living in strictly organized communities

Derived Forms

Essenian (ɛˈsiːnɪən) or Essenic (ɛˈsɛnɪk), adjective
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