Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A native or inhabitant of Nazareth.
  • noun Jesus.
  • noun A member of a sect of early Christians of Jewish origin who retained many of the prescribed Jewish observances.
  • noun A member of an American Protestant denomination, the Church of the Nazarene, that follows many of the doctrines of early Methodism.
  • noun Used traditionally by Muslims to refer to a Christian or Westerner.
  • adjective Of or relating to Nazareth or its inhabitants.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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).
  • noun 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.
  • noun A member of a sect of Jewish Christians which continued to the fourth century.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • proper noun A native or inhabitant of Nazareth; -- a term of contempt applied to Christ and the early Christians.
  • proper noun (Eccl. Hist.) 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • adjective of or relating to the Nazarenes or their religion
  • noun an inhabitant of Nazareth
  • adjective of or relating to the town of Nazareth or its inhabitants
  • noun 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
  • noun an early name for any Christian

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Late Latin Nazarēnus, from Greek Nazarēnos, from Nazaret, Nazareth.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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’.

Examples

  • After Adam asks the question, a loud voice resounds through the room: "Jesus Christ the Nazarene is my name."

    A Tender Age: Cultural Anxieties over the Child in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries

  • The results of its ignoble teaching are only too evident in the East: the Christians of the so-called (and miscalled) “Holy Land” are a disgrace to the faith and the idiomatic Persian term for a Nazarene is “Tarsá” = funker, coward.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • One of the prophecies about Jesus that often is overlooked is found in Matthew 2:23: “He will be called a Nazarene.”

    101 Amazing Truths about Jesus

  • One of the prophecies about Jesus that often is overlooked is found in Matthew 2:23: “He will be called a Nazarene.”

    101 Amazing Truths about Jesus

  • One of the prophecies about Jesus that often is overlooked is found in Matthew 2:23: “He will be called a Nazarene.”

    101 Amazing Truths about Jesus

  • One of the prophecies about Jesus that often is overlooked is found in Matthew 2:23: “He will be called a Nazarene.”

    101 Amazing Truths about Jesus

  • He went and lived in a town called Nazareth So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets: “He will be called a Nazarene.”

    THE NAMES OF JESUS

  • “So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets: ‘He will be called a Nazarene’” Matt.

    THE NAMES OF JESUS

  • He went and lived in a town called Nazareth So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets: “He will be called a Nazarene.”

    THE NAMES OF JESUS

  • “So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets: ‘He will be called a Nazarene’” Matt.

    THE NAMES OF JESUS

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