Definition of Karaite in English:


Syllabification: Kar·a·ite
Pronunciation: /ˈkerəˌīt


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 favor of a literal interpretation of the scriptures.
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  • In Jerusalem, Benneson visited numerous synagogues, and even attended religious services of two Jewish sects: Karaites and Samaritans.
  • 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.
  • It was so popular at one point that in the 10th century the majority of Jews in the Land of Israel were Karaites.


early 18th century: from Hebrew Qārā'īm 'Scripturalists' (from qārā' 'read') + -ite1.

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