Ishmaelite

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ishmaelite A descendant of Ishmaelthe son of Abraham and Hagar), of whom it was said, “His hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him.”
    • Ishmaelite One at enmity with society; a wanderer; a vagabond; an outcast.
    • Ishmaelite See Ismaelian.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Ishmaelite A descendant of Ishmael, Abraham's son, who, as is related in Genesis (xxi. 14), was driven into the wilderness with his mother, Hagar. His twelve sons were “princes” or heads of tribes. The Arabs regard him as their ancestor.
    • n Ishmaelite One resembling Ishmael, whose hand was “against every man, and every man's hand against him” (Gen. xvi. 12); one at war with society.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ishmaelite ish′mā-el-īt a descendant of Ishmael: one like Ishmael (Gen. xvi. 12), at war with society
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Usage

In literature:

God meant not man to be a wild Ishmaelite on the face of the earth.
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
There is a tender intimacy between the Ishmaelite and his flock.
"Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 459" by Various
There were quarrels and bitter fights, in which the Ishmaelite's hand was against every other.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
I am a sort of Ishmaelite; nothing pleases me better than an exchange of hard blows.
"Grey Town" by Gerald Baldwin
The truth is that every brook trout is an Ishmaelite.
"Forest Neighbors" by William Davenport Hulbert
Their bodies are too big, and their limbs too long, for these Ishmaelites of the southern plains.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
Hardened men with a hardened code, they lived in their fastness like Ishmaelites.
"Nan of Music Mountain" by Frank H. Spearman
But the wandering Ishmaelites of all the northwest tribes were the Shawnees.
"The Land of the Miamis" by Elmore Barce
Look at Joseph; he was sold as a slave into Egypt by the Ishmaelites; yet he took his God with him into captivity, as Daniel afterward did.
"To The Work! To The Work!" by Dwight Moody
Look at Joseph; he was sold as a slave into Egypt by the Ishmaelites; yet he took his God with him into captivity, as Daniel afterwards did.
"The Overcoming Life" by Dwight Moody
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In poetry:

Perhaps the camels of the Ishmaelite
Trampled and passed it o'er,
When into Egypt from the patriarch's sight
His favorite son they bore.
"By The Fireside : Sand Of The Desert In An Hour-Glass" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow