- In the OT Nazirites were ascetics who had taken a vow, or whose parents had taken a vow on their behalf, as with Samuel and Samson (1 Sam. 1:1–11; Judg. 13:7). They were to abstain from intoxicants, to allow their hair to grow long, and to avoid all contact with a corpse. They protested against the moral decline of civilization. John the Baptist may have been a Nazirite; and Paul paid the expenses of four men completing vows, possibly Nazirites (Acts 21:20–30). The resemblance of ‘Nazirite’ to ‘Nazarene’ may have carried an overtone of Jesus' consecration from the womb.
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Nazirite — Naz i*rite, prop. n. A Nazarite. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
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nazirite — var. of NAZARITE. * * * Nazirite variant of Nazarite2 … Useful english dictionary
Nazirite — or Nazarite noun Etymology: Late Latin nazaraeus, from Greek naziraios, nazaraios, from Hebrew nāzīr, literally, consecrated Date: 1560 a Jew of biblical times consecrated to God by a vow to avoid drinking wine, cutting the hair, and being… … New Collegiate Dictionary
Nazirite — n. Jewish person in biblical times who had taken some strict religious vows of abstinence (such as not to drink wine or cut their hair), Nazarite … English contemporary dictionary
Nazirite — [ nazərʌɪt] (also Nazarite) noun an ancient Israelite who had taken certain vows of abstinence. Origin from Heb. nāzīr consecrated one + ite1 … English new terms dictionary
nazirite — naz·i·rite … English syllables