aftselakhis (AHF tsuh-luh-KHIS) listen


  • n. An impulse to do something out of spite.

  • adv. Out of spite; despite something.

Example Sentences

  • "From the moment when Jews in the Middle Ages started speaking 'German' to one another, they were speaking German aftselakhis, German to spite the Germans, a German that Germans would not understand, full of words that every German knew that were being used to conceal attitudes and ideas that, when not actively offensive to Christians, could hardly be considered endearing." (source)

  • "Mira and I read your moving letter to George.It recalled bad memories but also a satisfaction that we survived them 'of tzeluches'" (source)

  • "They had a beautiful outdoor wedding planned and aftselakhis it rained."

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • אױף צולהכעיס or אױף צו להכעיס oyf tselokhes, lit. 'in order to anger'

    • Who Uses This

      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


      • North America


      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).

      Alternative Spellings

      af tzelukhis, af tzeluchis, aftselachis, aftzelakhis, aftzelachis, oftselakhis, of tzelukhis, of tzeluchis, oftselachis, oftzelakhis, oftzelachis, aftselakhes, af tzelukhes, af tzeluches, aftselaches, aftzelakhes, aftzelaches, oftselakhes, of tzelukhes, of tzeluches, oftselaches, oftzelaches, oftzelakhes, oyf tsu lhachis, aftsulhachis, aftsulhakhis, af tsulokhes, af tsuloches, af tzulokhes, af tzuloches, oyf tsulokhes, oyf tsuloches, oyf tzuloches, oyf tzulokhes


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