Diaspora

Pronunciations

Diaspora (Die-As-pora) listen

Definitions

  • n. The extensive settlement of Jews outside the land of Israel after the Babylonian Exile in 586 BCE.

  • n. "The term for Jewish communities and their residents who live outside of the State of Israel" (JPS).

Example Sentences

  • "Jews in the Diaspora often have a hard time maintaining their religious practices."

Languages of Origin

  • English
  • Greek

Etymology

  • Greek diaspeirein 'to scatter about, dispersion'

    • Who Uses This

      • Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
      • Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)

      Regions

      • Australia / New Zealand

      Dictionaries

      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      Diasporah

Notes

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