Noun Karaite Definition and Examples


Noun:

Karaite

Pronunciation:

/ˈkɛːrəʌɪt/

Definition:
1.

noun

A member of a Jewish sect founded in the 8th century and located chiefly in the Crimea and nearby areas, and in Israel, which rejects rabbinical interpretation in favour of a literal interpretation of the scriptures.
  1. 'The various sects that developed - such as the Sadducees and the Karaites - questioned the oral tradition or rabbinic law, but never the Divine origin of the Torah.'
  2. 'So well established did this view become among Muslims that it seems to have rubbed off onto the Karaites - a Jewish sect which arose against an Islamic background in eighth-century Iraq.'
((n.) A sect of Jews who adhere closely to the letter of the Scriptures, rejecting the oral law, and allowing the Talmud no binding authority; -- opposed to the Rabbinists.)


Origin:
Early 18th century: from Hebrew Qārā'īm (from qārā' ‘read’) + -ite.

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