plural -s
: a descendant of Cain, one of the sons of Adam
[Late Latin Cainita, from Cain + Latin -ita -ite] : a member of a gnostic sect that regarded the Old Testament as an account of the work of a demiurge and a distortion of the true nature of such men as Cain, whom they honored

Word History


Cain, son of Adam + English -ite

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“Cainite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jun. 2023.

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