• n. The granting of forgiveness; pardon.

Example Sentences

  • “I tried to explain my mistake, but he wouldn't give me mechila for it.” (Weiser)

  • "So what is mechila supposed to accomplish if it really is just words, no matter how sincere they are?" (source)

Languages of Origin

  • English
  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • TH מְחִילָה > Y מחילה mekhile

    • Who Uses This

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


      • North America


      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
      • Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      mekhila, mechilah, mekhilah, mechile, mekhile, mechileh, mekhileh, m'chila, m'chilah, m'khila, m'khilah, mikhile


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