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A member of one of several ancient Semitic peoples primarily inhabiting Canaan, where they preceded the Israelites, and Babylonia.

[From Hebrew 'ĕmōrî, Amorite, from Akkadian amurrû, westerner, Amorite, from amurru, western geographical and tribal designation, perhaps from Sumerian martu, westerner, country to the west of Sumer.]

Am′o·rite′ adj.
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(ˈæm əˌraɪt)

1. a member of a culturally diverse population of western Semites prominent in the history of ancient Syria and adjacent areas, c2600–1200 b.c.
2. the language of this population.
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They were too ignorant to realize, when they were called upon, that Rebecca's absence would make everything come wrong, and the blow descended with crushing force when the Jebusites and Amorites, the Girgashites, Hivites, and Perizzites had to be pronounced by the persons of all others least capable of grappling with them.
``he hath conquered, and the uncircumcised Philistine hath fallen before his lance, even as Og the King of Bashan, and Sihon, King of the Amorites, fell before the sword of our fathers!
(as Who begat Whom, or some information concerning the Amorites), Mrs Milvey on this special occasion resorted to the device of buying her off with a present of tea and sugar, and a loaf and butter.
"Old Joshway," as he is irreverently called by his neighbours, is in a state of simmering indignation; but he has not yet opened his lips except to say, in a resounding bass undertone, like the tuning of a violoncello, "Sehon, King of the Amorites; for His mercy endureth for ever; and Og the King of Basan: for His mercy endureth for ever"--a quotation which may seem to have slight bearing on the present occasion, but, as with every other anomaly, adequate knowledge will show it to be a natural sequence.
As his character was not good, and he had been bred at a charity school in a complete course, according to question and answer, of those ancient people the Amorites and Hittites, he was frequently quoted as an example of the failure of education.
The Funerals of the Amorite Sovereigns and the Accession of their Successors") considers the nature of funerary practices in Old Babylonian Mesopotamia.
Revising her 2016 PhD dissertation at the University of Toronto, Boivin explores the period that has long been obscure in second-millennium Babylon between the well documented Amorite and Kassite periods.
"Amorite Tribes and Nations of Second-Millennium Western Asia," in Jack Sasson (ed.), Civilizations of the Ancient Near East Volumes I & II.
14), rains hailstones upon the Amorite forces (Josh.
The Eastern group, the oldest, includes Old Akkadian, Babylonian, and Assyrian; the Southern (or Southwestern) group includes Arabic; and the Northern (inland Syrian) group includes Amorite and Aramaic, the latter branching off into Western and Eastern Aramaic, the languages of the Jerusalem and Babylonian Talmuds, respectively.
NNA - Written by Rania Doueihi Translated by AssdMlouf "Zgharta", a word that goes back to the Amorite period (200 B.C.), means fortified region.