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non-Aryan

Syllabification: non-Ar·y·an

Definition of non-Aryan in English:

noun

1 dated A person who is not Aryan nor of Aryan descent.
Example sentences
  • They lowered the non-Aryans to below the level of humans - they were pitiful, pathetic creatures, scavenging for scraps, begging.
  • But, at the main entrance to the museum there hung a large sign which forbade non-Aryans from entering this institute!
  • Further, like Tara, she accepts her husband's enemy and brother as spouse, either at Rama's behest or because it was the custom among the non-Aryans for the new ruler to wed the enthroned queen.
1.1(Especially in Nazi ideology) a person who is not of Caucasian race, especially one of Jewish descent.
Example sentences
  • In the 20th century, the Nazis used craniometry and anthropometry to distinguish Aryans from non-Aryans.
  • The Nazis considered their Aryan race superior over others and systematically attempted to kill non-Aryans, intellectuals and anybody who would denounce them.
  • Decisions at the Nuremberg party congress in the autumn of 1935 made it clear that non-Aryans would no longer be able to keep their posts even if they had served in World War I.

adjective

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(Of a person or language) not Aryan or of Aryan descent.
Example sentences
  • This is the name of a non-Aryan people mentioned in early Buddhist and Jain records.
  • Romila Thapar has confirmed that, the more commonly used word for the plough in Vedic literature is of non-Aryan etymology.
  • Bangladeshis are primarily descendants of the non-Aryan inhabitants of the region.

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