Amalekite

noun

: a member of an ancient nomadic people living south of Canaan

Examples of Amalekite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the Biblical legend, God commands the Israelites to avenge themselves by killing every single Amalekite—to commit genocide. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, 7 Feb. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Hebrew ʽĀmālēqī, plural from ʽĂmālēq Amalek, grandson of Esau

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Amalekite was in the 14th century

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“Amalekite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Amalekite. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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