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Maronite

[ mar-uh-nahyt ]

noun

  1. a member of a body of Uniates living chiefly in Lebanon, who maintain a Syriac liturgy and a married clergy, and who are governed by the patriarch of Antioch.


Maronite

/ ˈmærəˌnaɪt /

noun

  1. Christianity a member of a body of Uniats of Syrian origin, now living chiefly in Lebanon


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Word History and Origins

Origin of Maronite1

1505–15; < Late Latin Marōnīta, named after St. Maron, 4th-century monk, founder of the sect; -ite 1
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Word History and Origins

Origin of Maronite1

C16: from Late Latin Marōnīta, after Maro, 5th-century Syrian monk
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Example Sentences

This happened more than once to right-wing Maronite forces, a left-wing/Palestinian alliance, Israel, and, eventually, even Syria.

It is a spring of massacres, destruction and violence, as Patriarch Beshara al-Rai, the head of Lebanon's Maronite Church, put it.

Wrote to ——, a friendly Maronite bishop, to give me whatever information he might be able to procure respecting Shidiak.

The Maronite clergy exercised an unquestioned influence over their flocks.

In March, 1865, a Maronite woman called at the Press to buy a book of poems, to teach her boy to read.

During that fast of 1866, a Maronite fellah came into Beirût driving a herd of swine to the market.

The Maronite candidate for the church sat smiling, as if he thought he would now be received at once.

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