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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Karaite \Ka"ra*ite\, n. [Heb. q[=a]r[=a] to read.] (Eccl. Hist.) A sect of Jews who adhere closely to the letter of the Scriptures, rejecting the oral law, and allowing the Talmud no binding authority; -- opposed to the Rabbinists. [1913 Webster]