Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Among the ancient Hebrews, a religious devotee, separated to the Lord by a special vow, the terms of which are carefully prescribed in Num. vi.

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

  • proper noun A Jew bound by a vow to leave the hair uncut, to abstain from wine and strong drink, and to practice extraordinary purity of life and devotion, the obligation being for life, or for a certain time. The word is also used adjectively.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A Jew bound by a vow to lave the hair uncut, to abstain from wine and strong drink, and to practice extraordinary purity of life and devotion.

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Examples

  • The term Nazarite signifies _separated_; and is commonly applied to persons who make a vow to live in a more holy manner than others, either during a certain specified number of years, or ever after the pledge is given, without recantation or change.

    Female Scripture Biographies, Volume I

  • Such a person as this was called a Nazarite, a word which means "one who has a vow"; and Manoah's child was to be a Nazarite, and under a vow, as long as he lived.

    The Wonder Book of Bible Stories

  • Then opening the truth of the thing, he said to her: The razor hath never come upon my head, for I am a Nazarite, that is to say, consecrated to God from my mother's womb: If my head be shaven, my strength shall depart from me, and I shall become weak, and shall be like other men.

    The Bible, Douay-Rheims, Book 07: Judges The Challoner Revision

  • Then opening the truth of the thing, he said to her: The razor hath never come upon my head, for I am a Nazarite, that is to say, consecrated to God from my mother's womb: If my head be shaven, my strength shall depart from me, and I shall become weak, and shall be like other men.

    The Bible, Douay-Rheims, Complete The Challoner Revision

  • Then opening the truth of the thing, he said to her: The razor hath never come upon my head, for I am a Nazarite, that is to say, consecrated to God from my mother's womb: If my head be shaven, my strength shall depart from me, and I shall become weak, and shall be like other men.

    The Bible, Douay-Rheims, Complete

  • He is not explicitly called a Nazarite, nor is there any mention of the unshaven hair, but the severe austerity of his life agrees with the supposed asceticism of the Nazarites.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman

  • 'Yes, Gibbs; for some years I have been a Nazarene -- that is, a Nazarite, with the top half of my head; now I am going to change about and be a

    Prose Fancies (Second Series)

  • The only one of these actually called a Nazarite is Samson.

    Smith's Bible Dictionary

  • As the Nazarite was a witness for the straitness of the law, as distinguished from the freedom of the gospel, his sacrifice of himself was a submission to the letter of the rule.

    Smith's Bible Dictionary

  • Overbeck and his followers, the "Nazarite" school, did not fail to appear during Overbeck's lifetime, nor is it lacking now.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 11: New Mexico-Philip

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