from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A descendant of Dan.
- adj. Of or relating to the Hebrew tribe descended from Dan.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A member of the Biblical tribe of Dan.
- n. A member of a fraternal vigilante group founded by members of the Latter Day Saints in the 1830s.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A descendant of Dan; an Israelite of the tribe of Dan.
- n. One of a secret association of Mormons, bound by an oath to obey the heads of the church in all things.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A member of an alleged secret order of Mormons, supposed to have arisen in the early history of that sect, and to have been guilty of various atrocious crimes. The Mormons themselves deny the existence of this order.
I read an autobiography of a woman who joined a conservative LDS brand (it was related to the LeBarons, who split up and the crazy ones started going all Danite on people.)
This identification is meant to resolve a certain textual problem: Jud. 13: 2 states that Manoah was from Zorah, from a Danite family.
If some modern-day freelance Danite was behind all this, Robin Torr wanted nothing to do with it.
"Joe Smith, the Danite," was the calm reply of that leader.
The train men tried to dissuade Billy from this determination, for they saw the Danite was anxious to take him at his word, and to kill him; but he had made the offer and the Mormon urged it on, and the arrangements were made to fight with pistols at fifty paces, walking on each other and firing until one fell.
The Danite leader, Joe Smith, then ordered all that could be packed on horses to be taken and the wagons set on fire, and told the train men to set out on foot for Fort Bridger, saying:
At the word the Danite advanced at a rapid walk firing; but Buffalo
And though, of course, in these latter years, they have become considerably mixed, yet an appeal on either of these points will mark out the Danite from the Phœnician.
At least a remnant of the tribe must have remained in the south, as is evidenced in the story of Samson, who was a Danite.
Babylon in fetters, him together with the old Danite idol, Micah's image.