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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of a sect of heretics, in the first centuries of the church, whose doctrine was a mixture of Judaism and Christianity. They denied the divinity of Christ, regarding him as an inspired messenger, and rejected much of the New Testament.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A member of a party of Judaizing Christians which appeared in the church as early as the second century and disappeared about the fourth century.
  • Relating to the heresy of the Ebionites.

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

  • 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
  • adj. of or relating to the Ebionites or their religion

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