a member of an ancient Jewish sect of ascetics and mystics, which existed to the middle of the 1st century
Origin of EsseneClassical Latin Esseni ; from Classical Greek Ess?noi, said (by Philo) to be ; from hosios, holy, pious, but ; from Syr ?s?n, plural ; from ?s?, pious, holy
A member of an ascetic Jewish sect that existed in ancient Palestine from the second century BC to the second century AD.
Origin of EsseneLatin Ess&emacron;n&imacron;, the Essenes, from Greek Ess&emacron;noi, from Aramaic &hlowdot;asên, pl. of &hlowdot;as&emacron;, righteous, holy; see &hlowbrev;śy in Semitic roots.
- Es·se′ni·an , Es·sen′ic