gentile

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj gentile belonging to or characteristic of non-Jewish peoples
    • n gentile a Christian "Christians refer to themselves as gentiles"
    • n gentile a Christian as contrasted with a Jew
    • n gentile a person who is not a member of one's own religion; used in this sense by Mormons and Hindus
    • n gentile a person who does not acknowledge your god
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Gentile A person who is not Jewish; -- used in this sense by Jews.
    • Gentile Belonging to the nations at large, as distinguished from the Jews; ethnic; of pagan or heathen people.
    • Gentile (Gram) Denoting a race or country; as, a gentile noun or adjective.
    • Gentile One neither a Jew nor a Christian; a worshiper of false gods; a heathen.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • gentile Of or belonging to a gens or clan; of the same clan or family.
    • gentile (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.
    • gentile 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.).
    • gentile Worthy of a gentleman; genteel; honorable. See genteel, gentle.
    • gentile Synonyms See gentile, n.
    • n gentile A member of a gens or clan.
    • n gentile (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 gentile (jen′ tīl). Among the Mormons, one who is not of their church.
    • n gentile 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. Synonyms Gentile, Barbarian, Pagan, Heathen. A barbarian was to the Greeks a foreigner, especially one of alien speech; in the New Testament the word seems to mean a stranger or foreigner, but in Rom. i. 14 one not a Greek, and therefore not cultivated. Primarily, a Gentile, or the word of which it was a translation, signified to the Jews one not a Jew, but later one who was neither Jew nor Christian, or, from the Roman standpoint, one not a Roman. Pagan and heathen are primarily the same in meaning; but pagan is sometimes distinctively applied to those nations that, although worshiping false gods, are more cultivated, as the Greeks and Romans, and heathen to uncivilized idolaters, as the tribes of Africa. A Mohammedan is not counted a pagan, much less a heathen. See infidel.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gentile jen′tīl (B.) any one not a Jew: any one not a Christian
    • adj Gentile of or belonging to a gens or clan: belonging to any nation but the Jews:
    • adj Gentile (gram.) denoting a race or country
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Quotations

  • Elizabeth Gaskell
    Elizabeth Gaskell
    “He had not an ounce of superfluous flesh on his bones, and leanness goes a great way towards gentility.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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.)

Usage

In literature:

Its effect upon Cohen and the rest of the Jews, was, if possible, greater than upon any of the Gentiles who had witnessed the wonder.
"The Mark of the Beast" by Sidney Watson
TRANSITION PAINTERS: Several painters, Starnina (1354-1413), Gentile da Fabriano (1360?-1440?
"A Text-Book of the History of Painting" by John C. Van Dyke
To the Gentiles, in the rest of the parable.
"The Covenants And The Covenanters" by Various
Jews have no business working with gentiles.
"Men Called Him Master" by Elwyn Allen Smith
And gentility still has some rights.
"The Amateur Garden" by George W. Cable
Her father, Theodosius, was a priest of the Gentiles.
"The Life of Joan of Arc, Vol. 1 and 2 (of 2)" by Anatole France
The first gentile Christians therewith gained the proud consciousness of a gnosis.
"History of Dogma, Volume 1 (of 7)" by Adolph Harnack
Through Jesus God spoke to the Gentiles, and not to the tribes of Israel only.
"Tancred" by Benjamin Disraeli
The Epiphany, Manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles.
"Daily Thoughts selected from the writings of Charles Kingsley by his wife" by Charles Kingsley
It is important for Israel the world over to remain unpolluted by the influence of gentile customs.
"Rabbi and Priest" by Milton Goldsmith
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In poetry:

Did not the Gentile Church find grace,
Our mother dear, this favoured day?
With gold and myrrh she sought Thy face;
Nor didst Thou turn Thy face away.
"The Epiphany" by John Keble
I. THANKSGIVING.
Star, on thy Heaven-returning way,
Our message of thanksgiving bear;
To Him who answered with thy ray
The priestless Gentiles’ trembling prayer.
"The Magi To The Star" by Mary Hannay Foott
Great Father of Mercies! remember thy word;
O hasten, and visit this vine!
The scorn of the Gentile has crush'd it to earth;
'Twas unfruitful, - but still it is thine!
"The Lily" by Caroline Fry
God rest you, Chrysten gentil men,
Wherever you may be,—
God rest you all in fielde or hall,
Or on ye stormy sea;
For on this morn oure Chryst is born
That saveth you and me.
"Chrystmasse Of Olde" by Eugene Field
Thus ends the prophet, first from Canaan sent,
To let the Gentiles know they must repent:
God hears, and speaks; the Whale at God's command,
Heaves to the light, and casts him forth to land.
"Jonah" by Thomas Parnell
Onward through the darkness of the lonely night,
Shining still before them with Thy kindly light.
Guide them, Jew and Gentile, homeward from afar,
Young and old together, by Thy guiding Star.
"From The Eastern Mountains" by Godfrey Thring

In news:

After Opponent's Attacks, Vinnie Gentile Touts Small Business Efforts.
Thompson is acutely aware of Gentile 's skill having coached the defenseman last year in a season that yielded a Kelly Cup championship.
As manager of the restaurant, Gentile 's duty was to deposit the money in the bank, but he kept it for himself and returned to Michigan.
Documents in his case file show Gentile 's criminal record dates back to 1975.
Their loss may be Gentile 's gain, given how often Cassara bumped heads with the councilman over bike lanes, most recently over a cycle path on Bay Ridge Parkway.
Golden (R–Bay Ridge) is Gentile 's longtime area rival.
Fort Douglas was gentile central in Utah Territory.
( TONY GENTILE, REUTERS / November 15, 2012 ).
In our grandmothers' day, no self-respecting lady of any gentility ever left her house without a hankie tucked into her purse, a dress pocket or in her décolletage.
Robert Gentile performed the ceremony at All Souls Unitarian Church.
North Penn Girls Lacrosse Art Gentile/Staff photo.
Art Gentile/Staff photographer Posted: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 5:36 pm.
Matthew for his focus on the gentile converts.
Gentil Mis didn't learn to play guitar with his feet to impress people, he learned to play the instrument in case he lost his hands.
Anthony Gentile, January 11, 2012.
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In science:

One problem with the starvation mechanism is the inherent gentility: it does not produce enough starbursting galaxies (Oemler 1992).
At the Vigintennial of the Butcher-Oemler Effect
Lebowitz. An´e, C., Blach`ere, S., Chafa¨ı, D., Foug`eres, P., Gentil, I., Malrieu, F., Roberto, C., and Scheffer, G.
Combinatorial aspects of matrix models
Gentile, Aspects of the ergodic, qualitative and statistical theory of motion (Springer Verlag, Berlin, 2004). G.
A fluctuation theorem in a random environment
Even young tidal dwarf galaxies (TDGs) formed in the collision of larger galaxies appear to obey the baryonic Tully–Fisher relation (Gentile et al. 2007).
Challenges for Lambda-CDM and MOND
Finally, we also mention paper 10, published posthumous by Ma jorana’s friend Gentile and dealing with a completely different sub ject: “the value of statistical laws in physics and social sciences”.
Ettore Majorana and his heritage seventy years later
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