Shammaite

noun Sham·ma·ite \ˈshaməˌīt\

Definition of Shammaite

plural

-s

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of shammaite

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


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