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Samaritan

[ suh-mar-i-tn ]
/ səˈmær ɪ tn /
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noun
an inhabitant of Samaria.
any of the dialects of Aramaic spoken by the Samaritans in ancient Israel and until recently still spoken in Nablus.
adjective
pertaining to Samaria or to Samaritans.
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Origin of Samaritan

First recorded before 1000; Middle English, Old English, from Late Latin plural adjective and noun Samarītānī “Samaritan, Samaritans” (from Greek Samarī́t(ēs) “a Samaritan,” derivative of Samáreia “Samaria”)

OTHER WORDS FROM Samaritan

Sa·mar·i·tan·ism, noun
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How to use Samaritan in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for Samaritan

Samaritan
/ (səˈmærɪtən) /

noun
a native or inhabitant of Samaria
short for Good Samaritan
a member of a voluntary organization (the Samaritans) which offers counselling to people in despair, esp by telephone
the dialect of Aramaic spoken in Samaria
adjective
of or relating to Samaria

Derived forms of Samaritan

Samaritanism, noun
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Other Idioms and Phrases with Samaritan

Samaritan

see good Samaritan.

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