Εβραία

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Greek[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek Ἑβραίᾱ (Hebraíā).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /evˈɾea/
  • Hyphenation: Ε‧βραί‧α

Noun[edit]

Εβραία (Evraíaf (plural Εβραίες, masculine Εβραίος)

  1. Jew, Jewess (a female who follows the religion of Judaism)
  2. Hebrew (a female who is from the Semitic tribe that lived in ancient Palestine)

Usage notes[edit]

The terms used in Greek for the Jewish people vary in their shades of meaning:

  • Εβραία f (Evraía) refers to the Hebrews and their religious background and the associated religious culture. It is the dominant word in use today for the Jews in general.
  • Ιουδαία f (Ioudaía) is an older term and covers ethnic, religious, historical and cultural meanings.
  • Ισραηλίτισσα f (Israilítissa) covers only the religious aspect.
  • Ισραηλινή f (Israiliní) is a term for anyone who lives or is from the modern state of Israel.

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