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From Arabic نَكْبَة(nakba, disaster, catastrophe); see Nakba for more.

Proper noun[edit]


  1. Alternative letter-case form of Nakba
    • 1992, Philip Mattar, The Mufti of Jerusalem, →ISBN, page 140:
      Some Arab biographers have lauded him and his cause, seeking to absolve him of any responsibility for the 1948 nakba, while Jewish nationalists vilify him and discredit his movement.
    • 2009, Nissim Rejwan, Arabs in the Mirror: Images and Self-Images, →ISBN, page 149:
      Ever since the 1948 nakba, Arab thinkers and intellectuals have been studying the causes of their condition and recommending ways for changing or improving it.
    • 2009, Sumantra Bose, Contested lands, →ISBN, page 262:
      Indeed, violence broke out in the occupied territories in mid-May 2000 as Palestinians observed the anniversary of the 1948 nakba—these disturbances paled in comparison to the second intifada, which erupted in the autumn.


nakba (plural nakbas)

  1. In Arab contexts: a catastrophe; a grave setback.
    • 1998, David Caute, Fatima's scarf, page 280:
      Our President is admitting that the war has been a nakba, a setback. 'I take full personal responsibility.' 'But not for long,' murmurs Mahmoud, in whose company I am watching this ultra-dramatic moment.
    • 2000, Arab American Voices, page 45:
      A second nakba happened after the 1967 Six Day War, when Israel captured Arab land that belonged to Jordan and Egypt; another 325,000 Palestinians left their homes.
    • 2010, Raimond Gaita, Gaza: Morality, Law & Politics, →ISBN, page 99:
      But for now, there is no prophet amongst the politicians, and the only prophecies to be heard are of nakbas and holocausts.





nakba f (plural nakbas)

  1. catastrophe

Proper noun[edit]

nakba f

  1. Nakba