kafir

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Kafir a member of the Kafir people in northeastern Afghanistan
    • n kafir an offensive and insulting term for any Black African
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Kafir Any Black African; -- a disparaging and offensive term used by white South Africans.
    • Kafir (Ethnol) One of a race inhabiting Kafiristan in Central Asia.
    • Kafir (Ethnol) One of a race which, with the Hottentots and Bushmen, inhabit South Africa. They inhabit the country north of Cape Colony, the name being now specifically applied to the tribes living between Cape Colony and Natal, including the Ponda, Xosa, and Tembu; but the Zulus of Natal are true Kaffirs.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n kafir An unbeliever; an infidel: applied malevolently by Mohammedans to Christians and pagan negroes.
    • n kafir One of a South African race, inhabiting parts of Cape Colony, Natal, and neighboring lands: so called originally by the Mohammedan inhabitants of eastern Africa, on account of their refusal to accept the faith of Mohammed. They are divided into several branches or tribes, of which the Zulus are the best-known, are of a bronze color, with woolly, tufted hair, tall, well-made, athletic, and acute in intellect.
    • n kafir The language of the Kafirs, a branch of the South African or Bantu family. It is also called Zulu-Kafir.
    • n kafir One of a race inhabiting Kafiristan, a mountainous region on the northeast of Afghanistan, who have always maintained their independence and resisted conversion to Mohammedanism. Little is known of them, but they appear to be of Aryan stock, and are divided into a number of tribes speaking different languages or dialects.
    • kafir Of or belonging to the Kafirs: as, the Kafir tongue; Kafir customs.
    • kafir Also written Caffer, Caffre, Kaffer, Kaffre.
    • n kafir plural The stock-exchange term for South African mine shares.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Kafir kaf′ir one of a native race of SE. Africa
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Ar. kāfir, infidel, pagan, fr. kafara, to be skeptical in religious matters; -- a name given to certain infidel races by the Mohammedans. Cf. Giaour
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ar., unbeliever.

Usage

In literature:

Fifth Kafir War in South Africa begun.
"The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 5" by Various
If the Kafirs were to rise, for instance, I do not think you would find me backward.
"Aletta" by Bertram Mitford
You don't know what Kafirs are, Mr Denham.
"Forging the Blades" by Bertram Mitford
He runs a Kafir store out beyond Howick, near the Umgeni Fall.
"The Luck of Gerard Ridgeley" by Bertram Mitford
They reckon, too, that because they can't see no Kafirs that there ain't no Kafirs to see.
"'Tween Snow and Fire" by Bertram Mitford
Under cover, though it's even a Kafir hut, I don't mind.
"The White Hand and the Black" by Bertram Mitford
I shall have bother enough now over that wretched Kafir.
"A Secret of the Lebombo" by Bertram Mitford
And we shall get them by the help of these Kafirs, while we live the same old peaceful life.
"With Rifle and Bayonet" by F.S. Brereton
Two Kafirs, arrayed in red blankets and tattered trousers, stepped forward.
"Renshaw Fanning's Quest" by Bertram Mitford
By the way, Mr Greenoak, do you think we are going to have a Kafir war?
"Harley Greenoak's Charge" by Bertram Mitford
In South Africa the Kafirs draw the stumps out with their teeth.
"Our Domestic Birds" by John H. Robinson
A Tale of the Kafir War of 1877.
"Mr Punch's Pocket Ibsen - A Collection of Some of the Master's Best Known Dramas" by F. Anstey
Both Kafirs returned his survey with a steady gaze.
"Jasper Lyle" by Harriet Ward
I cannot avoid reverting to the fact that writers have never, in their descriptions, separated the Fingoes from the Kafirs.
"The Cape and the Kaffirs" by Harriet Ward
On returning I found 'Nqalate blowing at the fire as only a Kafir can.
"The White Hecatomb" by William Charles Scully
To be told that he is light-coloured, or like a white man, would be deemed a very poor compliment by a Kafir.
"The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex" by Charles Darwin
The mystery-man of the Kafirs of Natal likewise accompanies his recitations with a rattle.
"Musical Myths and Facts, Volume II (of 2)" by Carl Engel
Benedict Goes tasted the Kafir wine, and from all that he heard suspected that the Kafirs might be Christians.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 6" by Various
And then the merit of bringing a Kafir to the true faith!
"The Arab's Pledge" by Edward L. Mitford
A "boy" means a kafir servant or a laborer.
"Seven Legs Across the Seas" by Samuel Murray
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