(among the ancient Hebrews) a person who had taken certain strict religious vows, usually for a limited period.
Rare. a Nazarene.
Obsolete. a Christian.
Origin of Nazarite
1550–60;Related formsNaz·a·rit·ic [naz-uh-rit-ik] /ˌnæz əˈrɪt ɪk/, adjective
< Late Latin Nāzar(aeus
) (< Greek Nāzēraîos,
equivalent to nāzēr
(< Hebrew nāzīr
consecrated person) + -aios
suffix) + -ite1
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Historical Examples of nazarite
Let us now look into the law of the Nazarite when the days of his separation were fulfilled.
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.
The devotion of the Nazarite and the affection of the Man were both perfect.
British Dictionary definitions for nazarite
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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