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Gentile. A non-Jewish person. The term goy, although frequently used, is inappropriate, since the Heb. term means ‘nation’, and is used in the Bible of Israel. More accurate might be nokhri, a foreigner (or stranger), or ger, alien (see PROSELYTE). From early times, a distinction was made between ger toshav (lit., ‘resident alien’), one who keeps the Noachide laws, and akum, an acronym for those who worship stars and planets.

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gen·tile / ˈjentīl/ • adj. 1. (Gentile) not Jewish: Christianity spread from Jewish into Gentile cultures. ∎  (of a person) not belonging to one's own religious community. ∎  (in the Mormon church) non-Mormon. 2. chiefly Anthropol. of, relating to, or indicating a nation or clan, esp. a gens. • n. (Gentile) a person who is not Jewish.

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Gentile a person who is not Jewish. The name is recorded from late Middle English and comes from Latin gentilis ‘of a family or nation, of the same clan’ (used in the Vulgate to refer to non-Jews) from gens, gent- ‘family, race’, from the root of gignere ‘to beget’.

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gentile non-Jewish, †pagan XIV; pert. to a tribe or nation XVI. — L. gentīlis of the same family or nation, (in eccl. use) heathen, pagan, f. gēns, gent-, race, people, f. IE. *gen- (see KIN).

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