Jewry

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From Anglo-Norman juerie. Synchronically analyzable as Jew +‎ -ry.

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Jewry (plural Jewries)

  1. The Jewish population of the world collectively; the Jewish population of a locale. [from 14th c.]
    Hitler attempted to murder all of European Jewry.
    • 1989, Geoffrey Alderman, London Jewry and London Politics, 1889-1986
    • 2019 July 17, Talia Lavin, “When Non-Jews Wield Anti-Semitism as Political Shield”, in GQ[1]:
      Jews and Israel are not synonymous; nor is support for Palestine synonymous with anti-Semitism; nor is questioning the orthodoxy of the Republican party, which the majority of us do with relish, an insult to Jewry.
  2. (obsolete) The land of the Jews; Judea. [14th-17th c.]
    • 1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, Mark I:
      And all the londe off iewry, and they of Jerusalem went out unto hym, and were all baptised of hym in the ryver Jordan [...].
    • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 27, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes, [], book II, printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount [], OCLC 946730821:
      Josephus reporteth, that whilst the Romane warres continued in Jurie, passing by a place where certain Jewes had been crucified three dayes before, he knew thre of his friends amongst them [].
    • 1833, W. B. Sandys (ed.), "God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen" in Christmas Carols Ancient and Modern, p. 102.
      In Bethlehem, in Jury / This blessed babe was born

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