Definition of Amorite in English:

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Amorite

Pronunciation: /ˈaməˌrīt/

noun

A member of seminomadic people living in Mesopotamia, Palestine, and Syria in the 3rd millennium bc, founders of Mari on the Euphrates and the first dynasty of Babylon.
Example sentences
  • The people who took over the Amorites were the Hittites.
  • After the Bronze Age, Amorites, Western Semites, Hyksos and Hittites successively invaded the area.
  • This new empire lasted until roughly 2000 when pressure from the Elamites and Amorites reached its culmination with the capture and devastation of Ur.

adjective

Relating to the Amorites.
Example sentences
  • A full cite should be given from verses 13-15: ‘They set out from there and camped alongside the Arnon, which is in the desert extending into Amorite territory.’
  • The Code of Laws of Hammurabi, Amorite king of Babylon, indicates that there were laws safeguarding arrangements between parents and employed wet nurses - probably one of the earliest examples of employment legislation.
  • The occasion of the long day was during a battle between the combined armies of the five Amorite kings and the army of Israel, early in the campaign.

Origin

From Hebrew 'ĕmōrī, from Akkadian 'amurrū + -ite1.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: Am·o·rite

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