Karaism

noun
Kara·​ism | \ ˈker-ə-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce Karaism (audio) , ˈka-rə- \

Definition of Karaism

: a Jewish doctrine originating in Baghdad in the eighth century that rejects rabbinism and talmudism and bases its tenets on Scripture alone

Other Words from Karaism

Karaite \ ˈker-​ə-​ˌīt How to pronounce Karaism (audio) , ˈka-​rə-​ \ noun

First Known Use of Karaism

circa 1883, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Karaism

Late Hebrew qĕrāīm Karaites, from Hebrew qārā to read

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“Karaism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Karaism. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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