[ih-skar-ee-uh t]


the surname of Judas, the betrayer of Jesus. Mark 3:19; 14:10, 11.
a person who betrays another; traitor.

Origin of Iscariot

< Latin Iscariōta < Greek Iskariṓtēs < Hebrew īsh-qərīyōth man of Kerioth a village in Palestine
Related formsIs·car·i·ot·ic [ih-skar-ee-ot-ik] /ɪˌskær iˈɒt ɪk/, Is·car·i·ot·i·cal, adjectiveIs·car·i·ot·ism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for iscariot

Historical Examples of iscariot

  • "He is of the family of the Iscariot, I should opine," answered the Gascon.

  • Here Justin was not an Iscariot or an Arnold, but a patriot and a savior.

  • Nothing is more treacherous than the human mind; nothing else so loves to play the Iscariot.


    Booth Tarkington

  • And for thee, my poor child, thy promise is sacred, were it made to Iscariot himself.


    Charles Kingsley

  • It was addressed to the Iscariot because the Iscariot was trying to do just what you are trying to do.

    If Winter Comes

    A.S.M. Hutchinson

British Dictionary definitions for iscariot



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Word Origin and History for iscariot


"traitor," 1640s, from the surname of Judas, betrayer of Jesus, in New Testament, from Latin Iscariota, from Greek Iskariotes, said to be from Hebrew ishq'riyoth "man of Kerioth" (a place in Palestine).

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