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Originally appearing in Volume V11, Page 927 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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GIAOUR (a Turkish adaptation of the Pers. gdwr or gbr, an infidel), a word used by the Turks to describe all who are not Mahommedans, with especial reference to Christians. The word, first employed as a term of contempt and reproach, has become so general that in most cases no insult• is intended in its use; similarly, in parts of China, the term " foreign devil " has become void of offence. A strict analogy to giaour is found in the Arabic kaffir, or unbeliever, which is so commonly in use as to have become the proper name of peoples and countries.
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