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Karaite

[kar-uh-ahyt] /ˈkær əˌaɪt/
noun, Judaism.
1.
a member of a sect, founded in Persia in the 8th century a.d. by the religious leader Anan ben David, that rejected the Talmud and the teachings of the rabbis in favor of strict adherence to the Bible as the only source of Jewish law and practice.
Compare Rabbinite.
Origin
1720-1730
1720-30; < Hebrew qarāʿ(īm) (equivalent to qarā Biblical scholar, literally, reader + īm plural suffix) + -ite1
Related forms
Karaism
[kar-uh-iz-uh m] /ˈkær əˌɪz əm/ (Show IPA),
Karaitism
[kar-uh-ahy-tiz-uh m] /ˈkær ə aɪˌtɪz əm/ (Show IPA),
noun
Karaitic
[kar-uh-it-ik] /ˌkær əˈɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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Karaite

/ˈkɛərəˌaɪt/
noun
1.
a member of a Jewish sect originating in the 8th century ad, which rejected the Talmud, favoured strict adherence to and a literal interpretation of the Bible, and attempted to deduce a code of life from it
adjective
2.
of, relating to, or designating the Karaite sect
Word Origin
C18: from Hebrew qāraīm members of the sect, scripturalists, from qārā to read
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