rachmones

Pronunciations

rachmones (rakh-MO-nes) listen
rachmanus (rakh-MUN-es) listen

Definitions

  • n. Mercy, pity, empathy.

Example Sentences

  • "For those for whom Yiddish is not a second language, or even a third or fourth, rachmones is defined by essentially four words: mercy, compassion, forgiveness and empathy." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish

Etymology

  • Heb רחמנות rakhmanút, Yiddish rakhmónes

    • Who Uses This

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

      Regions

      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa

      Dictionaries

      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • 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).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
      • Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).

      Alternative Spellings

      rachmanut, rachmonis, rakhmones, rachmunes, rachmonus, rachmanus, rakhmonus, rakhmanus

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