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daɪˈæs pər əDi·as·po·ra

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. diasporanoun

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

  2. Diasporanoun

    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. diasporanoun

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


  1. Diasporanoun

    The dispersion of the Jews from the land of Israel.

    Etymology: See diaspora.

  2. Diasporanoun

    The Jews so dispersed, taken collectively.

    Etymology: See diaspora.

  3. Diasporanoun

    A similar dispersion.

    Etymology: See diaspora.

  4. diasporanoun

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

    Etymology: See diaspora.

  5. diasporanoun

    Any similar dispersion.

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

    Etymology: See diaspora.

  6. diasporanoun

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

    Etymology: See diaspora.

  7. diasporanoun

    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.

    Etymology: See diaspora.

  8. diasporanoun

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

    Etymology: See diaspora.


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Diaspora

    dī-as′por-a, n. dispersion, used collectively for the dispersed Jews after the Babylonian captivity, and also in the apostolic age for the Jews living outside of Palestine. [Gr. dia, through, speirein, to scatter.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Diaspora in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Diaspora in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Diaspora in a Sentence

  1. Rick Jacobs:

    Very often we're told, especially in the Diaspora, we shouldn't express our view very loudly, when you're asked and you don't vote, that's a huge missed opportunity.

  2. Hamid Biglari:

    More needs to be done to persuade The Iranian diaspora to re-engage with their land of origin.

  3. Mike Gallagher:

    I think the most poorly understood aspect of our competition with China is the way in which the Chinese Communist Party uses the United Front Work [Department] in order to influence diaspora populations around the world, the American population directly … it goes back to the founding of the party it's coded into. And it's just been my observation that we have a poor understanding of how they operate in that space, and I think American universities are one of the softest targets for Chinese United Front Work.

  4. Yedidia Stern:

    Diaspora Jews are a central strategic front for the state of Israel, what the Israeli government is doing is to slap them in the face over and over and over again.

  5. Aybars Gorgulu:

    There's no diplomatic relations between the countries, and that plays into why Turks think there's a crazy diaspora obsessed with genocide, but that's not true, the best thing for Armenia would be to enter into dialogue with Turkey, normalize relations, and open the border.

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