chillul Hashem

Alternative Spellings

chilul Ha-shem, chilul Hashem


  • disgracing God's name; an action that might be looked down upon; an action that might make Jews look bad

Example Sentences

  • "Another Jew arrested for embezzlement--what a chilul hashem."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew


חילול השם 'blasphemy', lit. 'desecration of the (Divine) Name'

Who Uses This

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


North America


The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

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