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Etymology 1Edit

Following Arthur Jeffery, the “religion” senses are borrowed directly from Middle Persian 𐭣𐭩𐭭 (dēn), which is from Avestan 𐬛𐬀𐬉𐬥𐬁 (daēnā), which is possibly from Elamite [script needed] (dēn), whereas the “law” and “judgement” senses in the Qur'an copy Classical Syriac ܕܺܝܢܳܐ (dīnā, judgement), which is possibly from Akkadian [script needed] (dēnu, dīnu, judgement) and possibly donator of Ge'ez ደይን (däyn, judgement). The borrowing has mixed up with the root د ي ن (d-y-n) of meanings related to increase of financial liabilities.



دِين (dīnm (plural أَدْيَان (ʾadyān))

  1. (countable, uncountable) religion, creed, credo, faith, conviction, belief, tenet, rite
  2. (uncountable, verbal noun) conformism, conformance, conformity, compliance, fealty, obedience; God-fearingness, godliness, religiosity, devoutness
  3. (obsolete) law, custom, habit
  4. (rare) judgement
    1. (rare) requital, compensation, indemnification
    2. (rare) credit, obligation, account
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Etymology 2Edit



دَيِّن (dayyin)

  1. religious, pious, godly, God-fearing, devout

Etymology 3Edit

Causative of the verb دَانَ (dāna, to be a debtor) from the د ي ن (d-y-n).



دَيَّنَ (dayyana) II, non-past يُدَيِّنُ‎ (yudayyinu)

  1. to loan, to lend, to advance
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Etymology 4Edit

From the د ي ن (d-y-n).



دَيْن (daynm (plural دُيُون (duyūn) or أَدْيُن (ʾadyun) or دِينَة (dīna))

  1. verbal noun of دَانَ (dāna) (form I)
  2. debt, debit, liability, pecuniary, obligation, financial claim

Etymology 5Edit



دِينَ (dīna) (form I)

  1. third-person masculine singular past passive of دَانَ (dāna)


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