Jewry

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From Anglo-Norman juerie.

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Jewry (plural Jewries)

  1. (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, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.27:
      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
  2. Jews in general; the Jewish population of the world collectively; the Jewish population of a locale. [from 14th c.]
    Hitler attempted to murder all of European Jewry.
    The state of Israel was established so that the community of Jewry could be safe from murder and oppression.

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