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Nazarite

or Naz·i·rite

[naz-uh-rahyt]
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noun
  1. (among the ancient Hebrews) a person who had taken certain strict religious vows, usually for a limited period.
  2. Rare. a Nazarene.
  3. Rare. Christ.
  4. Obsolete. a Christian.
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Origin of Nazarite

1550–60; < Late Latin Nāzar(aeus) (< Greek Nāzēraîos, equivalent to nāzēr (< Hebrew nāzīr consecrated person) + -aios suffix) + -ite1
Related formsNaz·a·rit·ic [naz-uh-rit-ik] /ˌnæz əˈrɪt ɪk/, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • Let us now look into the law of the Nazarite when the days of his separation were fulfilled.

    Separation and Service

    James Hudson Taylor

  • When the vows of the Nazarite were made lawfully, their matter was not indifferent.

  • The vows of the Nazarite were dutiful under the former dispensation.

  • It is the head of the Nazarite that is especially consecrated, and so it was in the taboo.

    Bible Studies

    Joseph M. Wheeler

  • The devotion of the Nazarite and the affection of the Man were both perfect.


British Dictionary definitions for nazarite

Nazarite1

noun
  1. another word for Nazarene (def. 1), Nazarene (def. 2)
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Nazarite2

Nazirite

noun
  1. a religious ascetic of ancient Israel
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin Nazaraeus, from Hebrew nāzīr, from nāzar to consecrate + -ite 1
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