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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal A person having admirable characteristics, such as fortitude and firmness of purpose: "He radiates the kind of fundamental decency that has a name in Yiddish; he's a mensch” ( James Atlas).

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  • n. Alternative spelling of mentch.

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  • n. a decent responsible person with admirable characteristics

Etymologies

Yiddish, human being, mensch, from Middle High German, human being, from Old High German mennisco; see man-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • "These you term mensch, don't they require sleep?" she asked Haplo.

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  • These writers can all be described by the Yiddish word "mensch", it's in their makeup to give of themselves to help us guys coming up, and it's something that has made a big impression on me.

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  • In that article, the suit contends, Burness described Danowski as a "mensch," a Yiddish word for a person of great integrity and honor that Pressler 's lawyers defined in their brief.

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  • These two races of gods hated and feared each other and each sought to rule over those they called mensch: humans, elves, and the dwarves.

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  • The other, lesser races, whom we call mensch'the humans, elves, and dwarves-worshiped us as gods.

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  • The evening of the event, Appelbaum told the crowd, "This man is a mensch," referring to the Yiddish word for an authentic human being, one of high integrity.

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  • Each year following the Mensch issue, The Jewish Journal is besieged with letters noting that the word mensch is literally translated as man.

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  • I use the word mensch because I knew Marcus as a mensch.

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  • And one of the leading US rabbis paid tribute to Ban by calling him a "mensch" -- the

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  • It took a moment to fully grasp the reality that I had just been dubbed a mensch in good standing by Neil Diamond himself.

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  • In Yiddish (from which the word has migrated into American English, although the use is still rare), mensch roughly means "a good person." A "mensch" is a particularly good person, like "a stand-up guy," a person with the qualities one would hope for in a dear friend or trusted colleague.
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    I free associate this word with Skipvia's word mounch because it sounds similar to me.
    Go to Public List: Free Association and join in the fun of free associating with Skipvia.

    February 4, 2008

  • I'd be a hypcrite if, with a nickname like 'patiomensch,' this weren't in my Words list.

    April 25, 2007