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From Nakba, 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. 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