from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who is not of the Jewish faith or is of a non-Jewish nation.
- n. A Christian.
- n. Archaic A pagan or heathen.
- n. Mormon Church A non-Mormon.
- adj. Of or relating to a Gentile.
- adj. Of or relating to a gens, tribe, or people.
- adj. Grammar Expressing national or local origins.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. non-Jewish
- adj. non-Mormon (including Jews)
- adj. heathen, pagan
- adj. tribal, national
- adj. of or pertaining to gens or gentes
- n. A non-Jewish person.
- n. A non-Mormon person (including Jews).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One neither a Jew nor a Christian; a worshiper of false gods; a heathen.
- n. A person who is not Jewish; -- used in this sense by Jews.
- adj. Belonging to the nations at large, as distinguished from the Jews; ethnic; of pagan or heathen people.
- adj. Denoting a race or country.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or belonging to a gens or clan; of the same clan or family.
- (in this sense only jen′ tīl). In Scripture, belonging to a non-Jewish nation; pertaining to a heathen people: in the United States, applied by the Mormons to persons not of their church.
- In grammar, expressing nationality, local extraction, or place of abode; describing or designating a person as belonging to a certain race, country, district, town, or locality by birth or otherwise: as, a gentile noun (as Greek, Arab, Englishman, etc.); a gentile adjective (as Florentine, Spanish, etc.).
- Worthy of a gentleman; genteel; honorable. See genteel, gentle.
- Synonyms See gentile, n.
- n. A member of a gens or clan.
- n. (jen′ tīl). In Scripture, one belonging to a non-Jewish nation; any person not a Jew; a heathen; sometimes, in later writings, one who is neither a Jew nor a Christian.
- n. (jen′ tīl). Among the Mormons, one who is not of their church.
- n. In grammar, a noun or an adjective derived from the name of a country or locality, and designating its natives or people: as, the words Italian, American, Athenian, are gentiles.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. belonging to or characteristic of non-Jewish peoples
- n. a person who is not a member of one's own religion; used in this sense by Mormons and Hindus
- n. a Christian
- n. a person who does not acknowledge your god
- n. a Christian as contrasted with a Jew
CAROLYN JESSOP: I was taught as a child that anyone who was not a member of the work of God was what we called a gentile, or if they had left the work of God, they ` re an apostate, and we looked at them as agents of the devil who wanted to destroy us because we were God ` s children.
It's frankly hard not to see some residual antisemitism in gentile reactions to what's portrayed as Jewish exceptionalism.
But regarding your son's son who is born from a gentile woman the pasuk does not say "your" because he is considered her son, that is, the gentile woman's son and therefore the child is not Jewish.
In other words, unless you want to argue that what you are calling gentile-centrism is an entirely distinct phenomenon, that the difference between that and anti-Semitism is one of kind, not degree, why make the distinction at all?
It does mean that he is completely blind to the notion of gentile privilege, is completely disinterested in viewing things from a Jewish perspective or taking our voice and experience seriously as something as valuable, and views it as an affront if anyone calls him on it or attempts to inform him that his views are not unimpeachable on the subject.
Writers of this era [...] described the native as a robust youth with "gentile" characteristics, a kind of Jewish muzhik, or Russian peasant -- strapping, self-confident, and strong-spirited, as opposed to the stereotypical Diaspora Jew, who was pale, servile, and cowardly.
Why then, Trumpeldor, did you not use either 'gentile' or 'non-Jewish' to express your meaning?
Although the majority of them have converted to Christianity, there are still some "gentile" groups who have refused baptism.
As far as "gentile," I''m certainly familiar with the term.
Just a quick aside, Matt, but do you also take offense at the word "gentile" or "heathen"?