• n. A horrible, violent, or unnatural death.

Example Sentences

  • "Er zol chappen a misa meshuna bekarov." (He should soon die a horrible death.)

  • "The way Rabbi Akiva died involved a misa meshuna."

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Aramaic


  • Hebrew מיתה משנה mita meshane, lit. unusual death, horrible death.

    • 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)


      • Great Britain


      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).

      Alternative Spellings

      missa me'shunah, mita meshuna, missa meshuna, mitta meshuna, missa me'shunah, mita meshunah, missa meshunah, mitta meshunah, misa meshunah, Misah meshunah, missah me'shuna, mitah meshuna, missah meshuna, mittah meshuna, missah me'shunah, mitah meshunah, missah meshunah, mittah meshunah, misah meshunah, miessa meshina, mise meshine, Misa meshuna

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