Definition of Diaspora

1. Noun. The body of Jews (or Jewish communities) outside Palestine or modern Israel.

Generic synonyms: Body

2. Noun. The dispersion of the Jews outside Israel; from the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem in 587-86 BC when they were exiled to Babylonia up to the present time.
Generic synonyms: Dispersion, Scattering

3. Noun. The dispersion or spreading of something that was originally localized (as a people or language or culture).
Generic synonyms: Dispersion, Distribution

Definition of Diaspora

1. n. Lit., "Dispersion." -- applied collectively: (a) To those Jews who, after the Exile, were scattered through the Old World, and afterwards to Jewish Christians living among heathen. Cf. James i. 1. (b) By extension, to Christians isolated from their own communion, as among the Moravians to those living, usually as missionaries, outside of the parent congregation.

Definition of Diaspora

1. Proper noun. The dispersion of the Jews from the land of Israel. ¹

2. Proper noun. The Jews so dispersed, taken collectively. ¹

3. Proper noun. A similar dispersion. ¹

4. Noun. The dispersion of the Jews among the Gentiles after the Captivity. ¹

5. Noun. Any similar dispersion. ¹

6. Noun. A group so dispersed, ''especially'' Jews outside of the land of Israel. ¹

7. Noun. The regions where such a dispersed group (''especially'' the Jews) resides, taken collectively. ¹

8. Noun. Any dispersion of an originally homogeneous entity, such as a language or culture. ¹

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Definition of Diaspora

1. migration [n -S] - See also: migration

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Diaspora

diaspora (current term)
diastasis recti

Literary usage of Diaspora

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1. Jerusalem: The Topography, Economics and History from the Earliest Times to by George Adam Smith (1908)
"THE NEW JEWISH diaspora. But the rumour of these Greek and ... Jews went into exile of their own will; there was a new and an eager diaspora. ..."

2. Education in Ancient Israel: From Earliest Times to 70 A.D. by Fletcher Harper Swift (1919)
"From the time of the Babylonian Exile onward, various foreign conquerors deported as slaves large numbers of The diaspora. JJ . . , a. ^ Tews. ..."

3. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1910)
"The Christian communities of the diaspora developed, either as offshoots from synagogues, or from being founded by Jewish proselytes. ..."

4. Dictionary of Philosophy and Psychology: Including Many of the Principal by James Mark Baldwin (1901)
"MOMMSEN, Hist, of Rome (Eng. trans.), iv. 538 f. ; MORRISON, The Jews under Roman Rule ; HAVET, Le Christianisme et ses Origines, iii. (HMW) diaspora [Gr. ..."

5. The Mission and Expansion of Christianity in the First Three Centuries by Adolf von Harnack (1908)
"5), and Greek-speaking Jews from the diaspora (vi. 5), and that it was not rich.4 It disappeared completely, after Hadrian, on the conclusion of the war ..."

6. History of the Jews in Russia and Poland, from the Earliest Times Until the by Simon Dubnow (1916)
"THE JEWISH SETTLEMENTS ON THE SHORES OF THE BLACK SEA From the point of view of antiquity the Jewish diaspora in the east of Europe is the equal of that in ..."

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