noun (1)
kaf·​ir | \ ˈka-fər How to pronounce kafir (audio) \

Definition of kafir

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a grain sorghum with stout, short-jointed, somewhat juicy stalks, large leaves, and erect heads


noun (2)
Kaf·​ir | \ ˈka-fər How to pronounce Kafir (audio) \

Definition of Kafir (Entry 2 of 2)

Examples of kafir in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But rather than confronting Sufi adherents with threats, insults, violence or denouncing them as kafirs, infidels, like many Salafis have done in Libya and Egypt, Trabelsi instead tries to politely counter their arguments with scripture. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, "How Tunisia's resilient Sufis have withstood hard-line Islamist attack," 8 Mar. 2018 He was sold to a man that Said would describe as cruel and a kafir, or infidel. Peter Manseau, Smithsonian, "Why Thomas Jefferson Owned a Qur’an," 31 Jan. 2018 Mr Shihab has denounced Mr Cornelis as a kafir, or infidel. The Economist, "Borneo againIndonesian Islamists open a new front in their war on tolerance," 20 July 2017

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First Known Use of kafir

Noun (1)

circa 1785, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1759, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kafir

Noun (2)

Arabic kāfir

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“Kafir.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kafir. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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