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1. A member of a Semitic people inhabiting ancient Edom.
2. The Semitic language of the Edomites.

E′dom·it′ish adj.


1. (Bible) an inhabitant of the ancient kingdom of Edom, whose people were hostile to the Israelites in Old Testament times
2. (Bible) the ancient Semitic language of this people, closely related to Hebrew
3. (Languages) the ancient Semitic language of this people, closely related to Hebrew
ˈEdomˌitish, Edomitic adj


(ˈi dəˌmaɪt)

a native or inhabitant of Edom, taken to be a descendant of Esau, or Edom, in the Bible. Gen. 36:9.
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What raised Antipater the Edomite, And his son Herod placed on Juda's throne, Thy throne, but gold, that got him puissant friends?
Through the strange women clustering at the corners I took my way,--women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites,--and I thought, as I looked into their poor painted faces,--faces but half human, vampirish faces, faces already waxen with the look of the grave,--I thought, as I often did, of the poor little girl whom De Quincey loved, the good-hearted little `peripatetic' as he called her, who had succoured him during those nights, when, as a young man, he wandered homeless about these very streets,--that good, kind little Ann whom De Quincey had loved, then so strangely lost, and for whose face he looked into women's faces as long as he lived.
In this paper, we present the recent excavation results from a major stratified Iron Age Edomite lowland site that demonstrate significant settlement and copper production activities well before the seventh and sixth centuries BC based on high precision radiocarbon dates.
The fury of the prophets against Esau-Edom reflects an almost uninterrupted pattern of hostility by Edomite tribes plotting against Israelite and Judean interests up through the Babylonian exile.
What attracts the greatest amount of the author's attention is the Egyptian imperial presence and the effects of its withdrawal on life in what later becomes Philistine, Edomite, Judean, Israelite, Moabite, and Ammonite territories.
Bennett had been influential in raising the profile of Edomite studies, and Bienkowski appears to have taken on her cause with a programme to publish her field results (Bennett & Bienkowski 1995; future publication of material from Umm el Biyara is also anticipated).
Doeg the Edomite then said to [Abner], 'Instead of enquiring whether [David] is fit to be king or not, enquire rather whether he is permitted to enter the assembly or not
While some Iron I and early Iron II ceramics were collected from sites and random squares, occupation increased rapidly during the Iron II period, especially around the Edomite capital, Busayra.
An Iron Age Landscape in the Edomite Lowlands: Archaeological Survey along the Wadi al-Ghuwayb and Wadi al-Jariya, Jabal Hamrat Fidan, Jordan, 2002.
Moreover, Shmuel Ahituv's (modern Hebrew) Handbook of Ancient Hebrew Inscriptions (Jerusalem, 1992) is useful not only for First and Second Temple Hebrew, but also (to some extent) for Ammonite, Moabite, Philistine, and Edomite.
57-75) is a comprehensive survey of epigraphic Northwest Semitic languages, including Phoenician, Punic, Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Aramaic, and Ugaritic.
The relatively neutral attestation of Edomite historical material in Genesis 36 may be viewed as a striking vestige of a moment in Israel's history when there was more to the relationship than enmity.