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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.]
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n, pl -irs or -ir
1. (Peoples) another name for the Nuri
2. a variant spelling of Kaffir
[C19: from Arabic; see Kaffir]
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(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]
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A variety of sorghum. Old textbooks sometimes listed kafir-corn as being separate from the sorghums.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.kafir - an offensive and insulting term for any Black African
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
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He told WAFA that Azzam Nabil Diab, from the town of Kufr Rai, south of Jenin, has completed 18 years in prison.
22 (Petra)--Israeli occupation forces early Thursday killed a Palestinian during fierce clashes in the Qalandia Camp and Kufr Aqab village, north of occupied Jerusalem.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- A number of Palestinians suffocated by tear gas as Israeli forces quelled a peaceful anti-settlement demonstration in the village of Kufr Qaddoum, east of Qalqilia, the occupied West Bank, said a local activist.
The TNSM chief Maulana Sufi Muhammad had changed the name of this place from 'Kufr Darra' earlier in 2007 during a sit-in staged on this strategic location and road leading to Maidan.
He said the forces of 'Kufr' had weakened the Muslims by involving them in petty internal differences and the Muslim world would have to foil the enemy agenda by sinking its differences.
Meanwhile, other settlers attacked farmers tending their farmlands in Kufr Qalil village, to the south of Nablus near the said checkpoint.
Their son is currently in Israeli detention after he was accused of killing an Israeli in Kufr Qassem town ...
The official propaganda magazine of the so-called Islamic state, also known as ISIL or Dasesh, names Mr Javid in an article titled "Kill the Imams of Kufr in the West".
"It should be known that voluntarily leaving Drul-Islm (lands of Islam) for drul-kufr (land of unbelievers) is a dangerous major sin, as it is a passage towards kufr (disbelief) and a gate towards one's children and grandchildren abandoning Islam for Christianity, atheism, or liberalism," it said.
On the execution of British hostage Alan Henning by so-called Jihadi John, he claimed the aid worker deserved to die because of his crime of "kufr" - being a non-believer.