[ naz-uh-rahyt ]
/ ˈnæz əˌraɪt /
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(among the ancient Hebrews) a person who had taken certain strict religious vows, usually for a limited period.
Rare. a Nazarene.
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
OTHER WORDS FROM NazariteNaz·a·rit·ic [naz-uh-rit-ik], /ˌnæz əˈrɪt ɪk/, adjective
Words nearby Nazarite
Nay Pyi Taw, naysay, naysayer, Nazarene, Nazareth, Nazarite, Nazca, Nazca Plate, Naze, Nazi, nazify
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How to use Nazarite in a sentence
In like manner, the Nazarite separated himself from certain things, not merely in reality, but likewise by vow.
A most important truth is here taught—that even unwitting contact with death might bring sin upon the Nazarite.
The answer seems to be, that the voluntary part of Nazarite service lay first and chiefly in the surrender to become a Nazarite.
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.
British Dictionary definitions for Nazarite (1 of 2)
/ (ˈnæzəˌraɪt) /
another word for Nazarene (def. 1), Nazarene (def. 2)
British Dictionary definitions for Nazarite (2 of 2)
/ (ˈnæzəˌraɪt) /
a religious ascetic of ancient Israel
Word Origin for Nazarite
C16: from Latin Nazaraeus, from Hebrew nāzīr, from nāzar to consecrate + -ite 1
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