Definition of Amorite in English:


Syllabification: Am·o·rite
Pronunciation: /ˈaməˌrīt


  • 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.
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    • 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.


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  • Of or relating to the Amorites.
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    • 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.


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

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