sitra achra

Pronunciations

sitra achra (SEE-trah AKH-rah) listen

Definitions

  • n. Evil.

  • "The realm of evil or demonic powers and emanations; the domain of Satan" (Steinmetz)

Example Sentences

  • "When a person refrains from doing an aveira [sin] or even a bad thought he subdues the sitra achra[.]"

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Languages of Origin

  • Aramaic

Etymology

  • סִטְרָא אָחֳרָא sitra achra 'the other side' (as opposed to סִטְרָא דִּקְדוּשָּׁה sitra dikedusha 'the side of holiness')

    • Who Uses This

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

      Regions

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

      Dictionaries

      • None

      Alternative Spellings

      sitra akhra

Notes

  • "In Yiddish, sitre akhre means the devil or Satan" (Steinmetz).

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