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a- +‎ zymo- +‎ -ite


azymite (plural azymites)

  1. (Christianity, historical) One who administers the eucharist with unleavened bread; used pejoratively by those of the Greek church referring to the Latins.
    • 1843, Catherine Charlotte Maberly, Melanthe; or, The Days of the Medici: A Tale of the Fifteenth Century[1], volume 1, page 248:
      “Shall we drink a cup in honour of the Holy Virgin, and confusion to the Azymites ?”
      “ Yes, yes! shouted the multitude. “Away with the Azymites — we want no new religion here;” and, singing and shouting, they threw up their caps in the air, []
    • 1898, Joseph Epiphane Darras, Martin John Spalding, Charles Ignatius White, A General History of the Catholic Church: From the Commencement of the Christian era to the Twentieth Century, Volume 3, page 602,
      “Away with them !” cried the Greeks; “ we want no Latin allies ! Away with the worship of the azymites !”
    • 1916, Rothay Reynolds, My Slav friends[2], page 15:
      Moreover, the Azymites were often guilty of another monstrous crime : they fasted judaistically on Saturdays.