kiddush Hashem

Alternative Spellings

kidush Hashem, kiddush Ha-shem


  • the sanctification of God's name; "bringing honor to God" (Glinert)
  • martyrdom

Example Sentences

  • "Make sure you behave well when you go on your school trip wearing your kippahs--it's a kiddush hashem!"

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew


קידוש השם

Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)


North America


The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).


opposite of chillul Hashem, חילול השם

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