hanif

noun
ha·​nif | \ haˈnēf, häˈ- \
plural -s

Definition of hanif

: a pre-Islamic hermit of Arabia that lived a wandering ascetic life and professed a vague form of monotheism

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History and Etymology for hanif

Arabic ḥnīf, probably from Aramaic ḥănēf hypocrite, heretic

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“Hanif.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hanif. Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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