Definition of Samnite in English:

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Samnite

Pronunciation: /ˈsamnīt/

noun

A member of an Oscan-speaking people of southern Italy in ancient times, who spent long periods at war with republican Rome in the 4th to 1st centuries bc.
Example sentences
  • The city of Rome gradually gained power from the time of the Tarquins, subduing the Etruscans, Sabines, Samnites, and Greek settlers, and by the mid-3rd century BC, controlled Italy.
  • In particular, the Romans fought against the Etruscans and the Samnites.
  • Thus, the alternate reality mode lets you play as the more challenging Celts, Samnites, Picts and other famous Roman antagonists, but you're almost self-assured of victory, provided you have a starting chance.

adjective

Relating to the Samnites.
Example sentences
  • He showed a particular vindictiveness against the Samnite troops which his enemies had raised in large numbers, evoking an echo of the Social War.
  • Correspondingly, the Roman success ensures that the alternative spectacle anticipated by Papirius will actually come to pass: the Samnite weapons are indeed displayed in triumph and decorate the temples of the Romans and their allies.

Origin

From Latin Samnites (plural); related to Sabinus (see Sabine).

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: Sam·nite

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