Samaritan

Samaritan

[suh-mar-i-tn]
noun
1.
an inhabitant of Samaria.
3.
(often lowercase) one who is compassionate and helpful to a person in distress.
4.
any of the dialects of Aramaic spoken by the Samaritans in ancient Israel and until recently still spoken in Nablus.
adjective
5.
pertaining to Samaria or to Samaritans.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English, Old English < Late Latin samarītānus < Greek samarī́t(ēs) dweller in Samaria + -ānus -an

Samaritanism, noun
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Samaritan (səˈmærɪtən)
 
n
1.  a native or inhabitant of Samaria
2.  short for Good Samaritan
3.  a member of a voluntary organization (the Samaritans) which offers counselling to people in despair, esp by telephone
4.  the dialect of Aramaic spoken in Samaria
 
adj
5.  of or relating to Samaria
 
Sa'maritanism
 
n

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Samaritan
O.E., "inhabitant of Samaria," a district of Palestine, from L.L. Samaritanus, from Gk. Samareia "Samaria," from Aramaic Shamerayin, ult. from Heb. Shomeron, town named for Shemer, owner of the hill on which it was built (cf. I Kings xvi:24). Figurative use with reference to the good Samaritan is first
recorded 1640, from Luke x:33.
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Samaritan

see good Samaritan.

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