American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of or relating to Chaldea or its people, language, or culture.
- n. A member of an ancient Semitic people who ruled in Babylonia.
- n. See Aramaic.
- n. A person versed in occult learning.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Relating or pertaining to Chaldea, the rich plain of southern Babylonia: the name Chaldea was also often applied to the whole of that country, from the dominance of the Chaldean race over it for a long period. It was in Chaldea that the important Mesopotamian civilization was developed from the primitive Accadian. Also Chaldæan, Chaldaic, and Chaldee.
- n. An inhabitant of Chaldea; specifically, a member of the Semitic race from whom Chaldea took its name, who were celebrated as warriors, astrologers, magicians, etc., and constituted the priestly caste of Babylonia.
- n. In the Bible, sometimes, an astrologer, soothsayer, or fortune-teller.
- adj. Of or pertaining to Chaldea specifically, or ancient Babylonia in general.
- n. A native of Chaldea; a Chaldee.
- n. A member of the Chaldean Catholic Church, a uniate church of the Roman Catholic Church.
- n. biblical A diviner or astrologer.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or pertaining to Chaldea.
- adj. of or relating to ancient Chaldea or its people or language or culture
- n. a wise man skilled in occult learning
- n. an inhabitant of ancient Chaldea
- From Ancient Greek Χαλδαῖος (Khaldaios) (Wiktionary)
“The Syrian and Mesopotamian Catholics are now commonly called Chaldeans, or Syro-Chaldeans; the term Chaldean, which in Syriac generally meant magician or astrologer, denoted in”
“BAGHDAD In between messages of love and faith, Mushtaq Zanbaqa, priest of the Holy Virgin Chaldean Catholic Church in east Baghdad, has a weekly plea for his Christian flock:”
“Recent writers reserve the name Chaldean for the later period of Babylonian history -- the time when the Greeks came in contact with the Mesopotamians -- in contradistinction to the earlier periods which are revealed to us by the archæological records.”
“The Chaldean is compared to a harsh usurer, and his ill-gotten treasures to heaps of pledges in the hands of a usurer.”
“When the Chaldean empire was absorbed into the Achaemenid, the name Chaldean lost its meaning as the name of an ethnic group, and came to be applied to a class.”
“In a brazen and nearly unbelievable move, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) headed by warlord Masoud Barzani has prevented voting by Assyrian (also known as Chaldean and Syriac) Christians of the Nineveh Plain in northern Iraq.”
“Also known as the Chaldean, Assyrian, or Persian Rite.”
“After quoting Diodorus to the effect that the Babylonian priests observed the position of certain stars in order to cast horoscopes, Thompson tells us that from a very early day the very name Chaldean became synonymous with magician.”
“In the north of Iraq, the Daughters of Mary Immaculate, known as the Chaldean Sisters, provided Easter packages for 750 of the poorest families in villages outside the ancient Christian city of Zakko near the border with Syria and Turkey.”
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