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Israelite

[ iz-ree-uh-lahyt, -rey- ]

noun

  1. a descendant of Jacob, especially a member of the Hebrew people who inhabited the ancient kingdom of Israel.
  2. one of a group considered by its members or by others as God's chosen people.


adjective

  1. of or relating to ancient Israel or its people; Hebrew.

Israelite

/ ˈɪzrɪəˌlaɪt; -rə- /

noun

  1. Bible a member of the ethnic group claiming descent from Jacob; a Hebrew
  2. Bible a citizen of the kingdom of Israel (922 to 721 bc ) as opposed to Judah
  3. a member of any of various Christian sects who regard themselves as God's chosen people
  4. an archaic and sometimes offensive word for a Jew


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Other Words From

  • non-Isra·el·ite noun
  • pre-Isra·el·ite adjective noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of Israelite1

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; Israel, -ite 1
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Example Sentences

In the Bible, Moses does kill a guy—the Egyptian slave master who is beating an Israelite to death.

Archeological excavations have yielded many examples of ancient Israelite cups and they are made of cheap durable fabrics.

The Torah explicitly states, “There should be on law for the Israelite (ezrakh) and the stranger that dwells among you.”

Her illustration here was my recounting of how a young Jon Peters played a fleeing Israelite in The Ten Commandments.

The Consul's dragoman, a grand-looking Israelite, was ready to go, but the engineer had just managed to break his leg.

"If this be the case thou wert right," answered the mayor, and the Israelite departed in peace.

Who would have guessed that there was so much humor in an Israelite?

It was the Israelite out of the land of Egypt, whom Assarac had released from his bonds, at liberty, and about to depart.

Then they dragged the young Israelite into the terrible presence of Pharaoh, pale and faint with mortal fear.

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