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1. Often Offensive A former designation for a member of the Nuristani people.
2. Offensive A Kaffir.

[Ultimately from Arabic kāfir, infidel; see kafir. Sense 1, from the fact that the majority of the Nuristani were not converted to Islam until the late 19th century.]


n. Islam
A non-Muslim person.

[Arabic kāfir, unbeliever, infidel; see giaour.]


n, pl -irs or -ir
1. (Peoples) another name for the Nuri
2. a variant spelling of Kaffir
[C19: from Arabic; see Kaffir]


(ˈkæf ər, ˈkɑ fər)

2. (l.c.) Islam. an infidel or unbeliever.
3. (l.c.) Also called kaf′ir corn`. a grain sorghum, Sorghum bicolor caffrorum, having stout, short-jointed, leafy stalks.
Also, kaffir (for defs. 2, 4).
[1795–1805; < Arabic; see Kaffir]


A variety of sorghum. Old textbooks sometimes listed kafir-corn as being separate from the sorghums.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.kafir - an offensive and insulting term for any Black African
derogation, disparagement, depreciation - a communication that belittles somebody or something
Republic of South Africa, South Africa - a republic at the southernmost part of Africa; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1910; first European settlers were Dutch (known as Boers)
Black African - an African who is Black
2.Kafir - a member of the Kafir people in northeastern Afghanistan
Afghanistani, Afghan - a native or inhabitant of Afghanistan
References in classic literature ?
I cannot tell the rights of it, but at any rate I have never stolen, though once I cheated a Kafir out of a herd of cattle.
You said in it that the gentleman called Neville left Bamangwato at the beginning of May in a wagon with a driver, a voorlooper, and a Kafir hunter called Jim, announcing his intention of trekking if possible as far as Inyati, the extreme trading post in the Matabele country, where he would sell his wagon and proceed on foot.
[1] The Kafir witch-doctors use the knuckle-bones of animals in their magic rites, throwing them something as we throw dice.--ED.
'I have no regard for the devils of Hind, but the Sons of Eblis are far otherwise, and whether they be jumalee [well-affected] or jullalee [terrible) they love not Kafirs.'
class="MsoNormalKnowing that, even if those who carried out the act are dead or in prison, their bosses are still out there, rejoicing, praising their god for helping them to kill a Kafir when they are the ones disobeying God by killing.
The top court judge further remarked that he had left the house to break the idols, means we are idols, kafir and unjust.
Nobody can call anyone Kafir based on his apparent acts.
However, in the mind of the extremist, if that person is indeed an unbeliever, or kafir, then there is no sin.
Iran's former minister for foreign affairs strongly rejected that his country had made interventions in other countries and said Iran worked only for Muslims unity and quoted Imam Khumeni's fatwa, ' Any one who tries to divide Muslims into Shia and Sunni is kafir.'
Moench) is a [C.sub.4] herbaceous annual plant, and is popularly known by a particular names in particular country like great millet, kafir corn, durra, mtama, jowar, kaoliang and milo in West Africa, South Africa, Sudan, Eastern Africa, India, China, United States respectively (Purseglove, 1972).
Channel 10 in Israel reported that the Israeli occupation forces began searching and chasing the perpetrators in Nablus and the surrounding villages in which Kafir Brigade, special units and reserve units are participating.