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An ancient city of central Palestine in the northern part of the present-day West Bank. It was founded in the ninth century bc as the capital of the northern kingdom of Israel, also known as Samaria. Conquered by Sargon II in 722 bc, it was destroyed in the second century and rebuilt by Herod the Great. According to tradition, Saint John the Baptist is buried here.
1. (Placename) the region of ancient Palestine that extended from Judaea to Galilee and from the Mediterranean to the River Jordan; the N kingdom of Israel
2. (Placename) the capital of this kingdom; constructed northwest of Shechem in the 9th century bc
Sa•mar•i•a(səˈmɛər i ə)
1. a district in ancient Palestine N of Judea: later part of the Roman province of Syria; taken by Jordan 1948; occupied by Israel 1967.
2. the northern kingdom of the ancient Hebrews.
3. the ancient capital of this kingdom.
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|Noun||1.||Samaria - an ancient city in central Palestine founded in the 9th century BC as the capital of the northern Hebrew kingdom of Israel; the site is in present-day northwestern Jordan|