- the body of Jews living in countries outside Israel.
- such countries collectively: the return of the Jews from the Diaspora.
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Origin of diaspora
historical usage of diaspora
Diaspora first entered English in the late 17th century to describe the communities of urban, observant Jews who lived in the larger cities of the Roman Empire (e.g., Rome, Alexandria, Antioch) and were proselytized by the first generation of Christians (i.e., the Apostles and their disciples) in the mid-first century a.d. The Jewish Diaspora (usually capitalized) began with the deportation of Israelites by the Assyrian and Babylonian kings in the fifth through eighth centuries b.c.
The term originates from Greek diasporá, meaning “a dispersion or scattering,” found in Greek translations of the Hebrew Bible (Deuteronomy 28:25, Psalm 126, and Psalm 147:2) and in the New Testament (John 7:35). While this specific historical sense is still used, especially in scholarly writing, modern-day definitions of the Jewish Diaspora can refer to the displacement of Jews at other times during their history, especially after the Holocaust in the 20th century. The term can also refer generally to Jews living today outside of Israel.
Diaspora also has been applied to the similar experiences of other peoples who have been forced from their homelands: for example, to the trans-Atlantic passage of Africans under the slave trade of the 17th through 19th centuries, which has been called the African Diaspora.
More recently, we find a scattering of the meaning of diaspora, which can now be used to refer not only to a group of people, but also to some aspect of their culture, as in “the global diaspora of American-style capitalism.”
popular references for diaspora
—“To the Diaspora”: A 1981 poem by African American poet Gwendolyn Brooks.
— Diaspora: A 1997 science fiction novel by Australian author Greg Egan.
OTHER WORDS FROM diasporadi·as·po·ric [dahy-uh-spawr-ik, ‐spor-ik], /ˌdaɪ əˈspɔr ɪk, ‐ˈspɒr ɪk/, adjective
Quotations related to diaspora
- "In the rest of the diaspora, persecution gave the Jews no respite, but in Babylonia, under Persian rule, they lived for some centuries comparatively free from molestation. "-Simon Dubnow and J. Friedlander Jewish History (1903)
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How to use diaspora in a sentence
Humans could jump-start a diaspora whereby ever-more complex intelligence spreads through the galaxy, transcending our limitations.If Aliens Exist, Here’s How We’ll Find Them - Issue 97: Wonder|Martin Rees & Mario Livio|February 24, 2021|Nautilus
To add to the appeal, you can even pay for a loved one’s appointment remotely if you live in the diaspora.
The very essence of the collection speaks to Blackness all over the diaspora.Virgil Abloh Brings Louis Vuitton Home With Fall Menswear|Nandi Howard|January 22, 2021|Essence.com
The Herald Angels Sing, and I believe that holiday cheer is a part of the diaspora, as well as other places around the world.Yemi Alade Presents Essence’s Official Christmakwanzakah Playlist|cmurray|December 25, 2020|Essence.com
There’s also Ashley Alexis McFarlane, who bills her signature jewelry line, Omi Woods, as “contemporary heirlooms that celebrate our connection to Africa and her diaspora.”
Most coup members “lived in the diaspora in the United States and Germany,” Faal said.The Shadowy U.S. Veteran Who Tried to Overthrow a Country|Jacob Siegel|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The answer is left unclear, but Diaspora is certainly intended to be profitable.How Four Upstarts Built and Crashed the Anti-Facebook|Jake Whitney|November 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“The general mindset in Israel regarding its responsibility towards the diaspora is based on three principles,” Yadlin said.
But in the case of Israel, it has a special obligation to protect the Jewish diaspora.
Evans, 85, thinks of himself as part of a British media “diaspora” which is currently in its third wave.A Well-Spoken Invasion:The Brits Taking Over American Media|Lloyd Grove|May 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The same aloofness characterizes the Jews of the rest of the eighteenth century diaspora.Jewish History|S. M. Dubnow
Scattered through the world there will be Americans, participants in a bitter diaspora.Greener Than You Think|Ward Moore
These lands of Jewish settlement outside of Palestine are called the Diaspora.
Let us remember this in his favor; also that he used his power to secure protection for Jews in the Diaspora.
All the Jews of the Diaspora now seized the occasion to throw off the hated Roman yoke.
British Dictionary definitions for diaspora
- the dispersion of the Jews after the Babylonian and Roman conquests of Palestine
- the Jewish communities outside Israel
- the Jews living outside Israel
- the extent of Jewish settlement outside Israel