[ suh-mar-i-tn ]
/ səˈmær ɪ tn /
an inhabitant of Samaria.
(often lowercase) one who is compassionate and helpful to a person in distress.
any of the dialects of Aramaic spoken by the Samaritans in ancient Israel and until recently still spoken in Nablus.
pertaining to Samaria or to Samaritans.
Origin of Samaritan
Related formsSa·mar·i·tan·ism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for samaritanism
/ (səˈmærɪtən) /
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
of or relating to Samaria
Derived FormsSamaritanism, noun
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Idioms and Phrases with samaritanism
see good Samaritan.
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