[ish-mee-uh-lahyt, -mey-uh-, -muh-]
- a descendant of Ishmael, the traditional ancestor of the Arab peoples.
- a wanderer or outcast.
Origin of Ishmaelite
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Examples from the Web for ishmaelite
This feeling had been accentuated by the Ishmaelite life he had led from his puppyhood.White Fang
He would be an "Ishmaelite," finding "casus belli" in all the purposes of fate.Oswald Langdon
Carson Jay Lee
There is a tender intimacy between the Ishmaelite and his flock.
But sensuousness and lawlessness are everywhere the stamp of the Ishmaelite.The Expositor's Bible: The Epistle to the Galatians
G. G. Findlay
I have left those rooms, and am a wanderer and an Ishmaelite.Randolph Caldecott
- a supposed descendant of Ishmael; a member of a desert people of Old Testament times
- rare an outcast
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