- (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
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Examples from the Web for nazirite
The abstainer, like the Nazirite, is his own witness, his own judge.
Against this tendency the Nazirite order and tradition was a protest.
What availed Samson's fidelity to the Nazirite vow when by another gate he let in the foe?Judges and Ruth
Robert A. Watson
The Nazirite could not escape from obligation as he had entered upon it, without priestly intervention and mediation.
The case of the Nazirite is peculiarly instructive, for the point to be considered is seen here entirely free from complications.
- a religious ascetic of ancient Israel
C16: from Latin Nazaraeus, from Hebrew nāzīr, from nāzar to consecrate + -ite 1
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