ben adam

Definitions

  • n. A human being.

Example Sentences

  • The man who helped was una ben adam.

  • "This is a beautiful, uplifting book about a real ben adom, a mensch, who saw evil and, instead of averting his eyes, did what he could to help the victims." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Ladino

Etymology

  • בן אדם lit. 'son of Adam, son of man'

    • Who Uses This

      • Sephardim: Jews with Sephardi or Mizrahi heritage

      Regions

      • North America

      Dictionaries

      • None

      Alternative Spellings

      ben adom, ben odam, benadam

Notes

  • Cf. Yiddish-derived "mensch"

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