Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Variant of kaffir.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Infidel, pagan, non-believer; a non-Muslim aside from ahl al-kitab (Christians, Jews, etc.).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as kaffir.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An unbeliever; an infidel: applied malevolently by Mohammedans to Christians and pagan negroes.
  • n. One of a South African race, inhabiting parts of Cape Colony, Natal, and neighboring lands: so called originally by the Mohammedan inhabitants of eastern Africa, on account of their refusal to accept the faith of Mohammed.
  • n. The language of the Kafirs, a branch of the South African or Bantu family. It is also called Zulu-Kafir.
  • n. One of a race inhabiting Kafiristan, a mountainous region on the northeast of Afghanistan, who have always maintained their independence and resisted conversion to Mohammedanism.
  • Of or belonging to the Kafirs: as, the Kafir tongue; Kafir customs.
  • Also written Caffer, Caffre, Kaffer, Kaffre.
  • n. plural The stock-exchange term for South African mine shares.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a member of the Kafir people in northeastern Afghanistan
  • n. an offensive and insulting term for any Black African

Etymologies

Arabic كافر (kāfir) denier, concealer. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The term kafir is often qualified, in both historical and legal texts, by the word "accursed," though not invariably.

    Tolerance Among Muslims, Christians, & Jews: An Exchange

  • The term kafir, in Turkish gavur, in the central lands of Islam, has been used since early times for all non-Muslims, whether monotheists or idolaters.

    Tolerance Among Muslims, Christians, & Jews: An Exchange

  • I have pointed out before, a careful study of the word kafir or infidel in the Qur'an will show that it never is used in an unadorned way to refer to non-Muslims in general.

    Informed Comment

  • Shubaylat refused to declare Zarqawi a "kafir"--as the Iraqi Shi`ite guest kept requesting--because he said that he is opposed to the very method.

    Wednesday, May 31, 2006

  • The hybrids were developed by crossing sorghums from southern Africa (the so-called kafir type) with others from Central Africa (caudatum types).

    9. Sorghum: Commercial Types

  • The word kuffar appears to be an alternative spelling of kafir, an Arabic word meaning "unbeliever."

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • In the west, as well as in Asia and Africa, including in some Muslim-majority countries, I have repeatedly been called a kafir (disbeliever), a murtad (apostate) or an impostor seeking to adulterate Islam and destroy it from within.

    New Statesman

  • I am calling your kafir yuppie ass to a fight with no rules and we can do this at any number of masjids.

    Umar Lee

  • I am sure that given the change the barbarian untermenchen would have used them without a second thought to exterminate us so called "kafir" in their perverted holy war.

    Archive 2008-02-01

  • The labourer's share was a weekly wage of 7s. 6d. or 10s. and rations worth 6s. 6d. consisting of twenty-five pounds of mealie-meal (but whole mealies came much cheaper), an issue of coarse meat (called 'kafir' meat in the trade), a handful of coarse tobacco, and a

    Class & Colour in South Africa 1850-1950

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