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  • proper noun The foundation of the State of Israel and subsequent departure of most of the Arab Palestinian among its residents, perceived as a catastrophe by many Palestinians and others.

Etymologies

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From Arabic نَكْبَة (nákba, "disaster, catastrophe"), from نَكَبَ (nákaba, "to make miserable").

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