Definitions for diasporadaɪˈæs pər ə

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Di•as•po•radaɪˈæs pər ə(n.)

  1. the scattering of the Jews to countries outside of Palestine after the Babylonian captivity.

    Category: Judaism

  2. (often l.c.) the body of Jews living in countries outside Palestine or modern Israel.

    Category: Judaism

  3. such countries collectively.

    Category: Judaism

  4. (l.c.) any group migration or flight from a country or region; dispersion.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  5. (l.c.) any group that has been dispersed outside its traditional homeland.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of Diaspora:

1875–80; < Gk diasporá a dispersion, n. der. of diaspeîrein to scatter. See dia -, spore

Princeton's WordNet

  1. diaspora(noun)

    the body of Jews (or Jewish communities) outside Palestine or modern Israel

  2. Diaspora(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

  3. diaspora(noun)

    the dispersion or spreading of something that was originally localized (as a people or language or culture)

Wiktionary

  1. Diaspora(ProperNoun)

    The dispersion of the Jews from the land of Israel.

  2. Diaspora(ProperNoun)

    The Jews so dispersed, taken collectively.

  3. Diaspora(ProperNoun)

    A similar dispersion.

  4. diaspora(Noun)

    The dispersion of the Jews among the Gentiles after the Captivity.

  5. diaspora(Noun)

    Any similar dispersion.

    The African diaspora caused a melding of cultures, both African cultures and Western ones, in many places.

  6. diaspora(Noun)

    A group so dispersed, especially Jews outside of the land of Israel.

  7. diaspora(Noun)

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

    Jews in the diaspora often have a different perspective of anti-Semitism from Israeli Jews.

  8. diaspora(Noun)

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

  9. Origin: See diaspora.

Freebase

  1. Diaspora

    A diaspora is "the movement, migration, or scattering of people away from an established homeland" or "people dispersed by whatever cause to more than one location", or "people settled far from their ancestral homelands". The word has come to refer to historical mass-dispersions of people with common roots, particularly movements of an involuntary nature, such as the expulsion of Jews from the Middle East, the African Trans-Atlantic slave trade, the southern Chinese during the coolie slave trade, or the century-long exile of the Messenians under Spartan rule. Recently, scholarship has distinguished between different kinds of diaspora, based on its causes such as imperialism, trade or labor migrations, or by the kind of social coherence within the diaspora community and its ties to the ancestral lands. Some diaspora communities maintain strong political ties with their homeland. Other qualities that may be typical of many diasporas are thoughts of return, relationships with other communities in the diaspora, and lack of full assimilation into the host country.

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