Danite

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Danite A descendant of Dan; an Israelite of the tribe of Dan.
    • Danite One of a secret association of Mormons, bound by an oath to obey the heads of the church in all things.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Danite A member of an alleged secret order of Mormons, supposed to have arisen in the early history of that sect, and to have been guilty of various atrocious crimes. The Mormons themselves deny the existence of this order.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Danite dan′īt one of a secret society amongst the early Mormons.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
So called in remembrance of the prophecy in Gen. xlix. 17, “Dan, shall be a serpent by the way,” etc
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
In allusion to Gen. xlix. 16, 17.

Usage

In literature:

To this day, in the lonely ranches of the West, the name of the Danite Band, or the Avenging Angels, is a sinister and an ill-omened one.
"A Study In Scarlet" by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Danites spared the lives of the trainmen, but they made sad havoc of the supplies.
"Last of the Great Scouts" by Helen Cody Wetmore
The original name chosen for the Danites was "Daughters of Zion," suggested by the text Micah iv.
"The Story of the Mormons From the Date of their Origin to the Year 1901" by William Alexander Linn
When we got fairly down on the level part of the Danite farm, we came to places where we could actually run our horses.
"The Innocents Abroad" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
When we got fairly down on the level part of the Danite farm, we came to places where we could actually run our horses.
"The Innocents Abroad, Part 5 of 6" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
I found that he was a Danite, and lived with his parents in Zorah, and that his name was Samson.
"The Vizier of the Two-Horned Alexander" by Frank R. Stockton
Eldad the Danite, traveller, 201-203.
"Chapters on Jewish Literature" by Israel Abrahams
Danites, Mormon order, 90; Buchanan Democrats, 382.
"Stephen A. Douglas" by Allen Johnson
Danites who had been powerful and feared, found their former friends turning against them.
"Frank Merriwell's Bravery" by Burt L. Standish
There was a certain man of Zorah, of the clan of the Danites, named Manoah; and he and his wife had no children.
"The Children's Bible" by Henry A. Sherman
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