Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A member of the Christian churches in Egypt and Syria that accepted the Council of Chalcedon.
  • n. A member of a Christian church using the Byzantine rite and belonging to the patriarchates of Alexandria, Antioch, or Jerusalem, especially a Uniat Christian.

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  • n. An Eastern Christian who adhered to the doctrines agreed by the First Council of Ephesus and the Council of Chalcedon (originally as labelled by opponents); later, an Orthodox Christian using the Byzantine rite and part of the patriarchate of Antioch, Jerusalem or Alexandria.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an Orthodox Christian or Uniate Christian belonging to the patriarchate of Alexandria or Antioch or Jerusalem
  • n. an eastern Christian in Egypt or Syria who adheres to the Orthodox faith as defined by the council of Chalcedon in 451 and as accepted by the Byzantine emperor

Etymologies

New Latin Melchītae, Melkites, from Medieval Greek Melkhītai, from Aramaic malkāye, pl. of malkāy, royal, royalist, from malkā, king; see mlk in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin Melchita, from Byzantine Greek Μελχίτης (Melchítēs), from Classical Syriac ܡܠܟܝܐ (malkāyāʾ, "royal; royalist"), from ܡܠܟܐ (malkāʾ, "king"), from Proto-Semitic *malk-. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The old name "Melkite", which meant originally one who accepted the decrees of Chalcedon

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 5: Diocese-Fathers of Mercy

  • August - Bl Mary of Jesus Crucified, O.C.D. Sr Mariam of Jesus Crucified was Melkite Palestinian who overcame poverty and attempted murder (when she refused to become a Mohammedan) to become a Carmelite nun and the foundress of the Bethlehem and Nazareth Carmels.

    25 August - Bl Mary of Jesus Crucified, O.C.D.

  • There is a short biography from the Melkite point of view here.

    25 August - Bl Mary of Jesus Crucified, O.C.D.

  • Despite the fact that Muslim fanatics had posted threats on the Internet for weeks prior to the slaughter, Melkite Greek Patriarch Gregory III Laham said the terrorist attackers were certainly not Muslims, but probably those trained and supervised "by global Zionism."

    Rabbi Abraham Cooper: Abrahamic Faiths Mocked By Anti-Semitic Conspiracy Canards

  • "We Christians cannot speak of the 'promised land' as an exclusive right for a privileged Jewish people," said Archbishop Cyril Bustros, a native of Lebanon who is currently a Melkite Greek Catholic bishop in Newton, Mass.

    U.S. Bishop Says Jews Have No 'Exclusive Right' To Israel

  • Poor Arab auto workers joined with more affluent professionals, and people came from the Palestinian, Iraqi, Syrian, and Lebanese-American communities, their Chaldean, Melkite, Maronite, and Orthodox churches, and their Sunni and Shiite mosques.

    A Country Called AMREEKA

  • He was also an ordained deacon in the Melkite Byzantine Catholic Church.

    29 December -- St Thomas of Canterbury

  • In addition to the Melkite ritual, the Ukrainians have their own version of Benediction.

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • However, some Melkite and Ukrainian churches continue to have these rites.

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • It has also been noted by Yamauchi that a tenth century Melkite bishop of Hierapolis, named Agapius, inscribed an Arabic translation of Josephus' Testimonium Flavianum that seems to possess differences with the Greek version which may divulge the original passage.

    Archive 2009-05-01

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