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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.]
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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
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(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.
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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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