Essene Es*sene", n.; pl. {Essenes}. [Gr. ?, lit., physicians, because they practiced medicine, fr. Chald [=a]say[=a] to heal, cf. Heb. as[=a].] One of a sect among the Jews in the time of our Savior, remarkable for their strictness and abstinence. [1913 Webster]

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  • Essene — Essene …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Essene — 1550s, member of a Jewish sect (first recorded 2c. B.C.E.), from L., from Gk. Essenoi, of disputed etymology, perhaps from Heb. tzenum the modest ones, or Heb. hashaim the silent ones. Klein suggests Syriac hasen, pl. absolute state of hase pious …   Etymology dictionary

  • Essene — [es′ēn΄, e sēn′] n. [L Esseni < Gr Essēnoi, said (by Philo) to be < hosios, holy, pious, but < Syr ḥsēn, pl. < ḥsī, pious, holy] a member of an ancient Jewish sect of ascetics and mystics, which existed to the middle of the 1st… …   English World dictionary

  • Essene — Essenian /e see nee euhn/, Essenic /e sen ik/, adj. /es een, e seen /, n. Judaism. a member of a Palestinian sect, characterized by asceticism, celibacy, and joint holding of property, that flourished from the 2nd century B.C. to the 2nd century… …   Universalium

  • Essene — noun Etymology: Greek Essēnos Date: 1553 a member of a monastic brotherhood of Jews in Palestine from the second century B.C. to the second century A.D. • Essenian or Essenic adjective • Essenism noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Essene — noun Member of a first century ascetic Jewish sect, in ancient Palestine from the second century BCE to the second century CE. The Essenes are believed to have been the authors of the . See Also: Essenian, Essenic, Essenism …   Wiktionary

  • Essene — n. member of an ascetic sect of Judaism which inhabited the area north of the Dead Sea between approximately 200 BC AD 100 …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Essene — [ ɛsi:n] noun a member of an ancient Jewish ascetic sect of the 2nd century BC–2nd century AD in Palestine. Origin from L. Esseni (plural), from Gk Essēnoi, perh. from Aramaic …   English new terms dictionary

  • essene — es·sene …   English syllables

  • Essene — Es•sene [[t]ˈɛs in, ɛˈsin[/t]] n. jud a member of a monastic Jewish sect that flourished in Palestine from the 2nd century b.c. to the 2nd century a.d. Es•se′ni•an, Es•sen•ic ɛˈsɛn ɪk adj …   From formal English to slang

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