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Definitions for samaritan
səˈmær ɪ tnsamar·i·tan

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Samaritannoun

    a member of the people inhabiting Samaria in biblical times


  1. samaritannoun

    a Good Samaritan

  2. Samaritannoun

    A native, or inhabitant of Samaria; especially one practising the religious traditions originating in that region.

  3. Samaritanadjective

    Of, or relating to Samaria or Samaritans.

  4. Etymology: From Samaritanus, from Σαμαρείτης, from Σαμαρεία.


  1. Samaritan

    Samaritans (; Samaritan Hebrew: ࠔࠠࠌࠝࠓࠩࠉࠌ‎,romanized: Šā̊merīm, transl. Guardians/Keepers [of the Torah]; Hebrew: שומרונים, romanized: Šōmrōnīm; Arabic: السامريون, romanized: as-Sāmiriyyūn) are an ethnoreligious group who originate from the ancient Israelites. They are native to the Levant and adhere to Samaritanism, an Abrahamic and ethnic religion. Samaritan tradition claims the group descends from the northern Israelite tribes who were not deported by the Neo-Assyrian Empire after the destruction of the Kingdom of Israel. They consider Samaritanism to be the true religion of the ancient Israelites and regard Judaism as a closely related but altered religion. Samaritans also regard Mount Gerizim (near both Nablus and biblical Shechem), and not the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, to be the holiest place on Earth. They attribute the schism between Samaritanism and Judaism to have been caused by Eli creating an alternate shrine at Shiloh, in opposition to Mount Gerizim. Once a large community, the Samaritan population shrank significantly in the wake of the brutal suppression of the Samaritan revolts against the Byzantine Empire. Mass conversion to Christianity under the Byzantines and later to Islam following the Muslim conquest of the Levant further reduced their numbers. In the 12th century, the Jewish traveler Benjamin of Tudela estimated that only around 1,900 Samaritans remained in the regions of Palestine and Syria.As of 2021, the community stood at around 840 individuals, divided between Kiryat Luza on Mount Gerizim and the Samaritan compound in Holon. There are also small populations in Brazil and Sicily and elsewhere. The Samaritans in Kiryat Luza speak Levantine Arabic, while those in Holon primarily speak Israeli Hebrew. For the purposes of liturgy, Samaritan Hebrew and Samaritan Aramaic are used, both written in the Samaritan script. The head of the Samaritan community is the Samaritan High Priest. Samaritans have a standalone religious status in Israel, and there are occasional conversions from Judaism to Samaritanism and vice versa, largely due to interfaith marriages. While Israel's rabbinic authorities came to consider Samaritanism to be a sect of Judaism, the Chief Rabbinate of Israel requires Samaritans to undergo a formal conversion to Judaism in order to be officially recognized as Halakhic Jews. Rabbinic literature rejected Samaritans unless they renounced Mount Gerizim as the historical Israelite holy site. Samaritans possessing only Israeli citizenship in Holon are drafted into the Israel Defense Forces, while those holding dual Israeli and Palestinian citizenship in Kiryat Luza are exempted from mandatory military service.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Samaritanadjective

    of or pertaining to Samaria, in Palestine

  2. Samaritannoun

    a native or inhabitant of Samaria; also, the language of Samaria

  3. Etymology: [L. Samaritanus.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Samaritan

    sa-mar′i-tan, adj. pertaining to Samaria in Palestine.—n. an inhabitant of Samaria, esp. one of the despised mixed population planted therein after the deportation of the Israelites: the language of Samaria, an archaic Hebrew, or rather Hebrew Aramaic, dialect: a charitable person—from Luke, x. 30-37.—n. Samar′itanism, charity, benevolence.—Samaritan Pentateuch, a recension of the Hebrew Pentateuch, in use amongst the Samaritans, and accepted by them as alone canonical.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of samaritan in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of samaritan in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of samaritan in a Sentence

  1. Lieutenant Christopher Cook:

    The suspect was trying to leave in the car. That’s when the good Samaritan pointed his firearm, trying to get the car to stop.

  2. Chad Chronister:

    Her boyfriend saw that the adult and child were struggling and immediately, without hesitation, jumped into the water to try to help save the both of them, we are certainly calling him now, not just a Good Samaritan, but our Apollo Beach hero.

  3. Mark Myers:

    This young man, Greenwood's good Samaritan, acted within seconds, stopping Douglas Sapirman and saving countless lives, our city, our community and our state is grateful for his heroism in this situation.

  4. Bryant Wright:

    I recognize his calling as the governor is for the security of the citizens, to administer justice, to punish evil, he has a different role in the role of governance. But our calling as Christians is to reach out to our neighbor — whoever that may be, from all around the world — just as Jesus teaches in the story of the Good Samaritan.

  5. Katrina Reigh:

    [Rider] was just trying to be a good Samaritan, he said, if he had known what was going on down the block of course he never would have let him in or anything like that -- just crazy.

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