Aramean

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj Aramean of or relating to Aram or to its inhabitants or their culture or their language
    • n Aramean a member of one of a group of Semitic peoples inhabiting Aram and parts of Mesopotamia from the 11th to the 8th century BC
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Aramean Of or pertaining to the Syrians and Chaldeans, or to their language; Aramaic.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • Aramean Belonging or relating to the northern division of the Semitic family of languages and peoples, containing the Mesopotamian, the Syrian (extending over Palestine prior to the Christian era), and the Nabatean; Chaldean; Chaldaic; Syrian: in distinction from the western or middle Semitic (Phenician and Hebrew) and the south Semitic (Arabic and Ethiopic).
    • n Aramean The language of the northwestern Semites, preserved in the Biblical books of Ezra and Daniel, in the Targums, and in the Peshito version of the Scriptures, together with the Christian Syriac literature.
    • n Aramean An inhabitant or a native of Aramæa or Syria.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. Aramaeus, Gr. , fr. Heb. Arām,i. e. Highland, a name given to Syria and Mesopotamia

Usage

In literature:

Ere long, Tiglath-pileser began his campaigns against them by attacking the Arameans, dwelling on the banks of the Tigris.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol XI." by Edited by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
His biographers make him cite translations in the Aramean language.
"The Worlds Greatest Books, Volume XIII." by Various
There were long and very bloody wars between the Hebrews and the Arameans, whose kings ruled in Damascus.
"Hebrew Life and Times" by Harold B. Hunting
So the robber bands of Arameans no longer invaded the land of Israel.
"The Children's Bible" by Henry A. Sherman
Moreover, many of these states were actually dependent on the Hittite princes, though inhabited by an Aramean people.
"The Hittites" by A. H. Sayce
To aid them in the conflict they called in certain of the Aramean princes in the north.
"Biblical Geography and History" by Charles Foster Kent
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