malshin

Definitions

  • noun: One who slanders, especially one who turns over a Jew to non-Jewish authorities; informer, stool pigeon, snitch
  • verb: To slander, malign, speak loshon hara about somebody.

Example Sentences

  • "The victim in the story was a malshin - a person who would turn over Jews to the government. Yet the Beis Hamikdash was destroyed because this malshin was not given a measure of self respect and was forcibly removed from the party." (http://kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2012/07/thursdays-parsha-tidbits-parshas-devarim.html)
  • "I don't want to malshin him, but did you know..."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish, Modern Hebrew

Etymology

Heb מלשין malshín 'snitch, rat, libel' (infinitive להלשין lehalshín), Yiddish מלשין זײַן málshn zayn 'to slander' (a periphrastic verb with invariant Hebrew element)

Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

None

Notes

Emphasis on first syllable.

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