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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gentile  \Gen"tile\,  n.  [L.  gentilis  belonging  to  the  same  clan, 
  stock,  race,  people,  or  nation;  in  opposition  to  Roman,  a 
  foreigner;  in  opposition  to  Jew  or  Christian,  a  heathen:  cf 
  F.  gentil.  See  {Gentle},  a.] 
  One  of  a  non-Jewish  nation;  one  neither  a  Jew  nor  a 
  Christian;  a  worshiper  of  false  gods;  a  heathen. 
 
  Note:  The  Hebrews  included  in  the  term  g[=o]yim,  or  nations, 
  all  the  tribes  of  men  who  had  not  received  the  true 
  faith,  and  were  not  circumcised.  The  Christians 
  translated  g[=o]yim  by  the  L.  gentes,  and  imitated  the 
  Jews  in  giving  the  name  gentiles  to  all  nations  who 
  were  neither  Jews  nor  Christians.  In  civil  affairs,  the 
  denomination  was  given  to  all  nations  who  were  not 
  Romans. 
 
  Syn:  Pagan;  heathen.  See  {Pagan}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gentile  \Gen"tile\,  a. 
  1.  Belonging  to  the  nations  at  large  as  distinguished  from 
  the  Jews;  ethnic;  of  pagan  or  heathen  people. 
 
  2.  (Gram.)  Denoting  a  race  or  country;  as  a  gentile  noun  or 
  adjective. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  gentile 
  adj  :  belonging  to  or  characteristic  of  non-Jewish  peoples 
  n  1:  a  person  who  does  not  acknowledge  your  God  [syn:  {heathen}, 
  {pagan},  {infidel}] 
  2:  a  person  who  is  not  a  member  of  one's  own  religion;  used  in 
  this  sense  by  Mormons  and  Hindus  [syn:  {Gentile}] 
  3:  in  this  sense  `Gentile'  denotes  a  Christian  as  contrasted 
  with  a  Jew;  `goy'  is  a  derogatory  word  for  Christians  used 
  by  Jews  [syn:  {Gentile},  {non-Jew},  {goy}] 




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