marit ayin


maris ayin (MAH-rihs AY-ihn) listen
marit ayin (MAH-reet AH-yeen) listen


  • n. Suspicious-looking action; doing something that may cause an observer to think that one violated halachah and thus arouse suspicion, or alternatively, doing something that could mislead somebody to interpret than an action is permitted and then violate halachah him/herself.

Example Sentences

  • "May I attend the meeting, or do I violate maris ayin if I am seen in a treif restaurant?" (source)

  • "the vast majority of Rabbinic authorities rule that there is no longer a Marit Ayin issue with these products at all." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • מראית עין lit. 'appearance to the eye'

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      mor'it ayen, mar'it ayen, mor'is ayin, mor'it ayin, mares ayen, mores ayen, maret ayen, morris ayen, moris ayen, morit ayen, marit ayen, mores ayin, mares ayin, moret ayin, maret ayin, morris ayin, moris ayin, morit ayin, maris ayen, maris ayin, mar'it ayin, mar'is ha'ayin, mor'is ayen, maras ayin, marat ayin, maras ayen, marat ayen

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