a descendant of Ishmael, the traditional ancestor of the Arab peoples.
a wanderer or outcast.
- Ish·ma·el·it·ish, adjective
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How to use Ishmaelite in a sentence
It seemed as if he were a prophet of wrath,--an Ishmaelite whose hand was against everybody.Beacon Lights of History, Volume XIII | John Lord
It was clear at such times that this Ishmaelite's hand must be against every man, and every man's hand against her.The Open Question | Elizabeth Robins
The Ishmaelite tribes, in fact, spoke dialects in which Canaanitish and Arabic elements were mingled together.Early Israel and the Surrounding Nations | Archibald Sayce
The political convulsions of the last two years, have brought out the veteran Ishmaelite in two characteristic works.
The Illustrator is the very Ishmaelite of collectors—his hand is against every man, and every man's hand is against him.The Book-Hunter | John Hill Burton
British Dictionary definitions for Ishmaelite
a supposed descendant of Ishmael; a member of a desert people of Old Testament times
rare an outcast
- Ishmaelitism, noun
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