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Meaning of Samaritan

Sa•mar•i•tan

Pronunciation: (su-mar'i-tn), [key]
— n.
  1. an inhabitant of Samaria.
  2. See
  3. (often l.c.) one who is compassionate and helpful to a person in distress.
  4. any of the dialects of Aramaic spoken by the Samaritans in ancient Israel and until recently still spoken in Nablus.
—adj.
  1. pertaining to Samaria or to Samaritans.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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