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Dan +‎ -ite


Danite (plural Danites)

  1. A member of the Biblical tribe of Dan.
  2. (Mormonism, chiefly historical) A member of a fraternal vigilante group founded by members of the Latter Day Saints in the 1830s.

Usage notes[edit]

The second sense used to refer to a band of armed men formed into companies of tens and fifties, as described by Mr. Sampson Avard; the phrase "Council of Fifty" was used in counterdiscourse against that group which was coined as the "Destructive Angels."