Definitions for karaism
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a member of a Jewish sect, founded in Persia in the 8th century, that rejected the Talmud and rabbinical teachings in favor of adherence to the Bible.
Origin of Karaite:
1720–30; < Heb qarā‘(īm)
A Jewish movement that recognises only the Tanakh as a supreme legal authority, distinct from Rabbinic Judaism.
Origin: יהדות קראית
doctrines of the Karaites