Definitions

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

  • n. A native or inhabitant of Nazareth.
  • n. Jesus.
  • n. A member of a sect of early Christians of Jewish origin who retained many of the prescribed Jewish observances.
  • n. A member of an American Protestant denomination, the Church of the Nazarene, that follows many of the doctrines of early Methodism.
  • adj. Of or relating to Nazareth or its inhabitants.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to Nazareth or its people.
  • adj. Of or relating to the Church of the Nazarene.
  • n. A person from Nazareth. Ναζωραῖος
  • n. Jesus Christ. Usually with 'the'.
  • n. Members of the Church of the Nazarene.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. A native or inhabitant of Nazareth; -- a term of contempt applied to Christ and the early Christians.
  • proper n. One of a sect of Judaizing Christians in the first and second centuries, who observed the laws of Moses, and held to certain heresies.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An inhabitant of Nazareth, a town in Galilee, Palestine: a name given (in contempt) to Christ, and to the early converts to Christianity (Acts xxiv. 5); hence, a Christian.
  • n. A member of a sect of Jewish Christians which continued to the fourth century.
  • n. plural The name given to a coterie of painters in Germany in the early nineteenth eontury who were especially opposed to the classicism of Winckelmann and endeavored to return to the religious intensity of the middle ages and early Renaissance. They formed themselves especially on the Italian primitives, the painters before Raphael, and to a certain extent corresponded to the pre-Raphaelites of England. The leading painters were Overbeck (1789–1869), Schnorr (1794–1872), and Führich (1800–1876).

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

  • adj. of or relating to the Nazarenes or their religion
  • n. an inhabitant of Nazareth
  • adj. of or relating to the town of Nazareth or its inhabitants
  • n. a member of a group of Jews who (during the early history of the Christian Church) accepted Jesus as the Messiah; they accepted the Gospel According to Matthew but rejected the Epistles of St. Paul and continued to follow Jewish law and celebrate Jewish holidays; they were later declared heretic by the Church of Rome
  • n. an early name for any Christian

Etymologies

Middle English, from Late Latin Nazarēnus, from Greek Nazarēnos, from Nazaret, Nazareth.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Greek adjective Ναζαρηνός (Nazarēnos) "of Nazareth", an ethnonym of Ναζαρέθ (Nazareth). For a list of theories as to the further etymology of this word, please consult the Wikipedia article on ‘Nazarene’. (Wiktionary)

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