Nazirite

[naz-uh-rahyt]
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noun


Nazarite

or Naz·i·rite

[naz-uh-rahyt]

noun

(among the ancient Hebrews) a person who had taken certain strict religious vows, usually for a limited period.
Rare. a Nazarene.
Rare. Christ.
Obsolete. a Christian.

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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Nazarite

1

noun

Nazarite

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Nazirite

noun

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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