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  • noun The dispersion of the Jews among the Gentiles after the Captivity.
  • noun Any similar dispersion.
  • noun A group so dispersed, especially Jews outside of the land of Israel.
  • noun The regions where such a dispersed group (especially the Jews) resides, taken collectively.
  • noun Any dispersion of an originally homogeneous entity, such as a language or culture.


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From Ancient Greek διασπορά (diaspora, "dispersion"), from διασπείρω (diaspeirō, "I scatter"), from διά (dia, "across") + σπείρω (speirō, "I sow").


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