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Essene

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noun Es·sene \i-ˈsēn, ˈe-ˌsēn\

Definition of Essene

  1. :  a member of a monastic brotherhood of Jews in Palestine from the second century b.c. to the second century a.d.

Essenian play \i-ˈsē-nē-ən, e-ˈse-\ or Essenic play \-ˈse-nik, -ˈsē-nik\ adjective
Essenism play \-ˈsē-ˌni-zəm\ noun


Origin of essene

Greek Essēnos


First Known Use: 1553


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