Origin of Aryan
Examples from the Web for non-aryan
They are Hindus, but their Hinduism is held to be of a non-Aryan type.
Races of men who did not till the soil are called Non-Aryan.Social Life in England Through the Centuries
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They were a non-Aryan race; that is, they did not till the soil.Our English Towns and Villages
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Let us now turn to the Santals, a remote and shy non-Aryan hill-tribe of India.Popular Tales
It is the one great literary language of Europe that is of non-Aryan origin.Heathen Master Filcsik
- (in Nazi ideology) a Caucasian of non-Jewish descent, esp of the Nordic type
- a member of any of the peoples supposedly descended from the Indo-Europeans, esp a speaker of an Iranian or Indic language in ancient times
- of, relating to, or characteristic of an Aryan or Aryans
- archaic Indo-European
Word Origin and History for non-aryan
c.1600, as a term in classical history, from Latin Arianus, Ariana, from Greek Aria, Areia, names applied in classical times to the eastern part of ancient Persia and to its inhabitants. Ancient Persians used the name in reference to themselves (Old Persian ariya-), hence Iran. Ultimately from Sanskrit arya- "compatriot;" in later language "noble, of good family."
Also the name Sanskrit-speaking invaders of India gave themselves in the ancient texts, from which early 19c. European philologists (Friedrich Schlegel, 1819, who linked the word with German Ehre "honor") applied it to the ancient people we now call Indo-Europeans (suspecting that this is what they called themselves); this use is attested in English from 1851. The term fell into the hands of racists, and in German from 1845 it was specifically contrasted to Semitic (Lassen).
German philologist Max Müller (1823-1900) popularized the term in his writings on comparative linguistics, recommending it as the name (replacing Indo-European, Indo-Germanic, Caucasian, Jshortened) for the group of related, inflected languages connected with these peoples, mostly found in Europe but also including Sanskrit and Persian. Arian was used in this sense from 1839 (and is more philologically correct), but this spelling caused confusion with Arian, the term in ecclesiastical history.
Gradually replaced in comparative linguistics c.1900 by Indo-European, except when used to distinguish Indo-European languages of India from non-Indo-European ones. Used in Nazi ideology to mean "member of a Caucasian Gentile race of Nordic type." As an ethnic designation, however, it is properly limited to Indo-Iranians (most justly to the latter) and has fallen from general academic use since the Nazi era.