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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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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.
What raised Antipater the Edomite, And his son Herod placed on Juda's throne, Thy throne, but gold, that got him puissant friends?
Not only did the tribes with Abraham find the Canaanites but they also found the Hittites (around Hebron), the Ammonites (around Amman), the Moabites (to the east of the Dead Sea) and the Edomites (in the south-east).
We're not supposed to hate the Egyptians or Edomites, although it might be tempting because of our history with them," she said.
Solomon, according to the First Book of Kings, fornicated with 'many foreign women, as well as the daughter of Pharaoh: women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians and Hittites,' but no mention is made of the Ethiopian queen.
Edomites tribes hailed from the descendants of Esau, a twin brother to Jacob.
While it may seem unusual to read that Zipporah performed a ritual circumcision, this was in biblical times a widespread practice among West Semitic peoples (Israelites, Edomites, Ammonites), though not among the East Semitic peoples (Assyrians, Babylonians).
Ancient Israelites understood their generational struggles against their enemies, especially the Ammonites, Moabites and Edomites.
The post-exilic redactors of P argued (through the story of Abraham) for the promise of land and descendants to Judeans, Israelites, Edomites, and Arabs alike, a striking position compared to earlier, less "ecumenical" positions of biblical writers and redactors.
The writer remembers the cries of those who pillaged the city of Jerusalem, caning them Edomites (an ancient enemy of the people of Israel), and prays that God will never forget what these people have done to God's city.
Scholarly work and materials found in the area suggest the mines were operated by the Edomites, a semi-nomadic tribal confederation that according to the Bible warred constantly with Israel.
Not only do we need to adjust our views about Nineveh, but we also need to adjust our viewing of characters we tend to romanticize (like Abraham and David, islanders and Asians) or demonize (like Edomites and pagans, natives and Indigenes).