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Ish·ma·el 1

 (ĭsh′mē-əl, -mā-)
In the Bible, the son of Abraham who was cast out after the birth of Isaac. He is traditionally considered to be the forebear of the Arabs.

Ish·ma·el 2

 (ĭsh′mē-əl, -mā-)
An outcast.

[After Ishmael.]


1. (Bible) the son of Abraham and Hagar, Sarah's handmaid: the ancestor of 12 Arabian tribes (Genesis 21:8–21; 25:12–18)
2. (Bible) a bandit chieftain, who defied the Babylonian conquerors of Judah and assassinated the governor appointed by Nebuchadnezzar (II Kings 25:25; Jeremiah 40:13–41:18)
3. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) rare an outcast


(ˈɪʃ mi əl, -meɪ-)

1. the son of Abraham and Hagar: both he and Hagar were cast out of Abraham's family by Sarah. Gen. 16:11, 12.
2. outcast; pariah.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Ishmael - (Old Testament) the son of Abraham who was cast out after the birth of IsaacIshmael - (Old Testament) the son of Abraham who was cast out after the birth of Isaac; considered the forebear of 12 Arabian tribes
Old Testament - the collection of books comprising the sacred scripture of the Hebrews and recording their history as the chosen people; the first half of the Christian Bible
2.Ishmael - a person who is rejected (from society or home)
unfortunate, unfortunate person - a person who suffers misfortune
heretic, misbeliever, religious outcast - a person who holds religious beliefs in conflict with the dogma of the Roman Catholic Church
leper - a pariah who is avoided by others
Harijan, untouchable - belongs to lowest social and ritual class in India
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The Israeli Supreme Court decided to return the body of fisherman Isma'il Abu Riyalah to his family in Gaza after the interim order not to release it was cancelled.
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30, 2013, then Petroleum Minister Sharif Isma'il signed two new gas and oil EPSAs with Dana Petroleum, a unit of state-run Korea National Oil Corp (KNOC), for investment of at least $24m in the Western Desert.
The Ministry of Interior identified the fugitive assailant as Ibrahim Isma'il Isma'il Moustafa, 34, who is believed to be one of the most prominent terrorist elements.
An excerpt from Maqamat Isma'il al-Dhabih , "The Arab Altar," trans.
The tradition goes back to the prophets - Ibrahim and his first son Isma'il alayhis salam (AS: peace be upon them).
Ali's brother Isma'il fled to Gilan; from Gilan, for the next five years, he directed the final stages of a Safawi revolution.
The Kizilbash, who had seen in Isma'il the manifestation of God through al-Mahdi, began to show clearly that, although they preserved the outward forms, they considered the WuF concept a sham: Isla'il began to appear that he was a mere mortal and no longer infallible; they began to realise it all was a mere myth.