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A member of an ascetic Jewish sect that existed in ancient Palestine from the second century bc to the second century ad.
[Latin Essēnī, the Essenes, from Greek Essēnoi, from Aramaic ḥasên, pl. of ḥasē, righteous, holy; see ḫśy in Semitic roots.]
Es·se′ni·an (ĕ-sē′nē-ən), Es·sen′ic (ĕ-sĕn′ĭk) adj.
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(Judaism) Judaism a member of an ascetic sect that flourished in Palestine from the second century bc to the second century ad, living in strictly organized communities
Essenian, Essenic adj
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Es•sene(ˈɛs in, ɛˈsin)
a member of a monastic Jewish sect that flourished in Palestine from the 2nd century B.C. to the 2nd century A.D.
Es•se′ni•an, Es•sen•ic (ɛˈsɛn ɪk) adj.
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|Noun||1.||Essene - a member of an ascetic Jewish sect around the time of Jesus|
|Adj.||1.||Essene - said of or relating to the Essenes|
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