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Meaning of GENTILE

Pronunciation:  'jentIl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  in this sense `Gentile' denotes a Christian as contrasted with a Jew; `goy' is a derogatory word for Christians used by Jews
  2. [n]  a person who is not a member of one's own religion; used in this sense by Mormons and Hindus
  3. [n]  a person who does not acknowledge your God
  4. [adj]  belonging to or characteristic of non-Jewish peoples

GENTILE is a 7 letter word that starts with G.


 Synonyms: goy, heathen, infidel, non-Jew, pagan
 See Also: Christian, human, idol worshiper, idolater, idoliser, idolizer, individual, mortal, nonreligious person, paynim, person, shegetz, somebody, someone, soul



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Gen"tile\, n. [L. gentilis belonging to the same clan,
    stock, race, people, or nation; in opposition to Roman, a
    foreigner; in opposition to Jew or Christian, a heathen: cf.
    F. gentil. See {Gentle}, a.]
    One of a non-Jewish nation; one neither a Jew nor a
    Christian; a worshiper of false gods; a heathen.
    Note: The Hebrews included in the term g[=o]yim, or nations,
          all the tribes of men who had not received the true
          faith, and were not circumcised. The Christians
          translated g[=o]yim by the L. gentes, and imitated the
          Jews in giving the name gentiles to all nations who
          were neither Jews nor Christians. In civil affairs, the
          denomination was given to all nations who were not
    Syn: Pagan; heathen. See {Pagan}.
  2. \Gen"tile\, a.
    1. Belonging to the nations at large, as distinguished from
       the Jews; ethnic; of pagan or heathen people.
    2. (Gram.) Denoting a race or country; as, a gentile noun or
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