- a member of a sect, founded in Persia in the 8th century a.d. by the religious leader Anan ben David, that rejected the Talmud and the teachings of the rabbis in favor of strict adherence to the Bible as the only source of Jewish law and practice.
Origin of Karaite
1720–30; < Hebrew qarāʿ(īm) (equivalent to qarā Biblical scholar, literally, reader + īm plural suffix) + -ite1
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Less famously, the synagogue of the Karaite sect in Abbasiyya was also restored under her tenure.Egyptian Jewish Leader Fought To Keep Heritage At Home
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His neighbour was a Karaite, drifted here from another community.Ghetto Comedies
Benjamin Nahavendi, Karaite and founder of the Makariyites, 149 f.
What a contrast there is between Saadiah and his Karaite opponent!
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He had carried on a harmless correspondence with a Karaite Chacham in the neighboring village of Kukizow.History of the Jews, Vol. V (of 6)
- a member of a Jewish sect originating in the 8th century ad, which rejected the Talmud, favoured strict adherence to and a literal interpretation of the Bible, and attempted to deduce a code of life from it
- of, relating to, or designating the Karaite sect
C18: from Hebrew qāraīm members of the sect, scripturalists, from qārā to read
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