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Kafir

[kaf-er, key-fer, kah-] /ˈkæf ər, ˈkeɪ fər, ˈkɑ-/
noun, plural Kafirs (especially collectively) Kafir.
1.
Also called Nuristani. a member of an Indo-European people of Nuristan.
2.
(lowercase) Islam. an infidel or unbeliever.
3.
Kaffir (def 1).
4.
(lowercase). Also, kaffir. Also called kafir corn. a grain sorghum, Sorghum bicolor caffrorum, having stout, short-jointed, leafy stalks, introduced into the U.S. from southern Africa.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805; < Arabic; see Kaffir
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British Dictionary definitions for Kafir

Kaffir

/ˈkæfə/
noun (pl) -firs, -fir
1.
(taboo) (in southern Africa) any Black African
2.
(offensive) (among Muslims) a non-Muslim or infidel
Usage note
In South Africa the use of this word is nowadays completely taboo, and is indeed actionable in the courts. It is also advisable not to use the word in any of the compounds to which it gave rise
Word Origin
C19: from Arabic kāfir infidel, from kafara to deny, refuse to believe

Kafir

/ˈkæfə/
noun (pl) -irs, -ir
1.
another name for the Nuri
2.
a variant spelling of Kaffir
Word Origin
C19: from Arabic; see Kaffir
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