Melkite

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From Latin Melchita, from Byzantine Greek Μελχίτης (Melkhítēs), from Classical Syriac ܡܠܟܝܐ (malkāyāʾ, royal; royalist), from ܡܠܟܐ (malkāʾ, king), from Proto-Semitic *malk-.

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Melkite (plural Melkites)

  1. (Christianity) An Eastern Christian who adhered to the doctrines agreed by the First Council of Ephesus and the Council of Chalcedon (originally as labelled by opponents); later, an Orthodox Christian using the Byzantine rite and part of the patriarchate of Antioch, Jerusalem or Alexandria.
    • 2009, Diarmaid MacCulloch, A History of Christianity, Penguin 2010, p. 233:
      increasingly a majority in the Egyptian Church as well as other strongholds of Miaphysitism denounced Chalcedonian Christians as ‘Dyophysites’ and sneered at them as ‘the emperor's people’ – Melchites.

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