Shammaite

noun
Sham·​ma·​ite | \ ˈshaməˌīt \
plural -s

Definition of Shammaite

: an adherent of the rigorous and often literal interpretation of the Jewish law taught by Shammai as opposed to the more liberal interpretation of the contemporary Hillelites

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History and Etymology for Shammaite

Shammai, 1st century b.c. Jewish teacher + English -ite

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“Shammaite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Shammaite. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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