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 (ăm′ə-lĕk′īt′, ə-măl′ĭ-kīt′)
A member of an ancient nomadic people of Canaan said in the Bible to be descendants of Esau's grandson Amalek.

[Hebrew 'ămālēqî, from 'ămālēq, Amalek.]
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(Bible) Old Testament a member of a nomadic tribe descended from Esau (Genesis 36:12), dwelling in the desert between Sinai and Canaan and hostile to the Israelites: they were defeated by Saul and destroyed by David (I Samuel 15–30)
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(ˈæm əˌlɛk aɪt, əˈmæl ɪˌkaɪt)

n., pl. -ites, (esp. collectively) -ite.
a member of the tribe descended from Esau. Gen. 36:12.
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“It was a very pretty fight, Betty, that the Israelites had on that day with the Amalekites, It seams that they fout on a plain, for Moses is mentioned as having gone on the heights to overlook the battle, and wrestle in prayer; and if I should judge, with my little larning, the Israelites depended mainly on their horse, for it was written ‘that Joshua cut up the enemy with the edge of the sword; from which I infer, not only that they were horse, but well diseiplyned troops.
Here Gideon pitched his camp in the old times; behind Shunem lay the "Midianites, the Amalekites, and the Children of the East," who were "as grasshoppers for multitude; both they and their camels were without number, as the sand by the sea-side for multitude." Which means that there were one hundred and thirty-five thousand men, and that they had transportation service accordingly.
Unlike in 1 Samuel 31:4 where Saul asks the Amalekite to kill him to avoid being slaughtered by a Philistine, the death of Jonathan in this film leads Saul to grief-induced suicide.
THE STORY: "My life didn't really begin," says Paul O'Rourke, a Park Avenue dentist and Red Sox fan, scarred by his father's suicide and adrift in modern life, "until several months before the fateful Red Sox summer of 2011." When a patient comes in to have a tooth extracted and claims he's an Ulm--an Amalekite, the ancient enemy of the Jews--as is Paul, his visit sets off a chain of bizarre events.
Borrowing from their histographic traditions, they consider these events as a continuum of the Cosmic Battle, in that, they will fight many more skirmishes against their demonically-inspired nemesis (the "Great Satan" and "Amalekite Nations").
In the Esther story, Haman is an Agagite or Amalekite, one of the ancient enemies of the Jewish people since the time of Moses a millennium before.
Are you so afraid lest peering from this high Pisgah, between Philistine and Amalekite, we sight the Promised Land?
Relegated soon after his mother's early death to the oversight of an insensitive aunt and persecuted at boarding school as an "Amalekite" (11), Jim cannot fathom what he witnesses when the Captain takes him to a screening of the 1933 film King Kong in which a struggling Fay Wray tries to escape from the ape's clutches.
Baanah, just as he had the young Amalekite at Ziklag, with death.
Robin Blaze (David), Andrew Staples (Jonathan), James Geer (High Priest/ Amalekite), Ann-Helen Moen (Merab), Roderick Williams (Saul), Matthew Hargreaves (Samuel/Doeg), Carolyn Sampson (Michal) and Ben Johnson (Witch/Abner) create the vocal line-up.
The Bible commands the Israelites to murder the entire tribe of Amalek ("both man and woman, infant and suckling") and the Prophet Samuel dethroned King Saul because he spared the lives of Amalekite prisoners (1 Samuel 15).
On close reading, his sense of unworthiness leads him to be overly subordinate to his perception of public opinion and overly deferential to the Amalekite king (I Samuel 13, 15).