menschlichkeit

Pronunciations

menschlichkeit (MENSH-lich-kait) listen
meschlichkeit (MENSH-lih-kait) listen

Definitions

  • n. Niceness, kindness, decency, humaneness.

  • n. "The code of behavior that involves acting like a mensch and living an honest, compassionate life." (JPS)

Example Sentences

  • "Have some menschlichkeit--your brother is crying."

  • "We try to teach our children not just to follow the rules and rituals of Judaism, but also to always act with menschlikhkeit."

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish

Etymology

  • מענטשלעכקײט mentschlekhkait

    • Who Uses This

      • Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage

      Regions

      • North America

      Dictionaries

      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).

      Alternative Spellings

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