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Quran Dictionary - ن ك س


The triliteral root nūn kāf sīn (ن ك س) occurs three times in the Quran, in three derived forms:

  • once as the form I verb nukisu (نُكِسُ)
  • once as the form II verb nunakkis (نُنَكِّسْ)
  • once as the active participle nākisū (نَاكِسُوا)

The translations below are brief glosses intended as a guide to meaning. An Arabic word may have a range of meanings depending on context. Click on a word for more linguistic information, or to suggestion a correction.

Verb (form I) - to turn

(21:65:2) nukisūthey were turned ثُمَّ نُكِسُوا عَلَىٰ رُءُوسِهِمْ لَقَدْ عَلِمْتَ مَا هَٰؤُلَاءِ يَنْطِقُونَ

Verb (form II) - to reverse

(36:68:3) nunakkis'huWe reverse him وَمَنْ نُعَمِّرْهُ نُنَكِّسْهُ فِي الْخَلْقِ أَفَلَا يَعْقِلُونَ

Active participle

(32:12:5) nākisū(will) hang وَلَوْ تَرَىٰ إِذِ الْمُجْرِمُونَ نَاكِسُو رُءُوسِهِمْ عِنْدَ رَبِّهِمْ

See Also

Language Research Group
University of Leeds