- 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.
- "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
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
Emphasis on first syllable.
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