Alternative Spellings

k'nas, knas, kinas


  • A fine paid as a penalty for wrongdoing.

Example Sentences

  • "an individual who prevents another individual from performing a mitzvah can receive damages min ha-din (black-letter halakhah) rather than as a kenas (fine)." (
  • "The Mashgiach made his curfew earlier as a Knas for disappearing during the seder." (Weiser)

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew


קנס kenas 'fine'

Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)


North America


Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

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