marit ayin

Alternative Spellings

maris ayin, mar'it ayin, mar'is ha'ayin, maris ayen

Definitions

  • 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?" (http://israel.aish.com/smicha/KaganoffArticles/maris%20ayin.doc)

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew

Etymology

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)

Dictionaries

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

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