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

  • noun A native or inhabitant of Samaria.
  • noun A member of a people inhabiting present-day Israel and the West Bank who trace their ancestry to the ancient Israelites and practice a religion related to pre-rabbinical Judaism.
  • noun A Good Samaritan.
  • adjective Of or relating to Samaria or to Samaritans.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of or pertaining to Samaria, the central division of Palestine, lying north of Judea, or the city of Samaria, the capital of the kingdom of northern Israel.
  • Used by the Samaritans: applied to the characters of a kind of ancient Hebrew writing probably in use before, and partly after, the Babylonian exile.
  • noun A native or an inhabitant of Samaria; specifically, one of a race settled in the cities of Samaria by the king of Assyria after the removal of the Israelites from the country (2 Ki. xvii. 24-41).
  • noun The language of Samaria, a compound of Hebrew, Syriac, and Chaldee.
  • noun A charitable or benevolent person: in allusion to the character of the “good Samaritan” in the parable Luke x. 30-37.

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

  • adjective Of or pertaining to Samaria, in Palestine.

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

  • noun A native, or inhabitant of Samaria; especially one practising the religious traditions originating in that region.
  • adjective Of, or relating to Samaria or Samaritans.

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

  • noun a member of the people inhabiting Samaria in biblical times

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Old English, from Late Latin Samarītānus, from Greek Samarītēs, from Samareia, Samaria.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin Samarītānus, from Ancient Greek Σαμαρείτης, from Σαμαρεία ("Samaria").

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