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

  • n. A manner or custom characteristic of the Hebrews.
  • n. A linguistic feature typical of Hebrew occurring especially in another language.
  • n. The culture, spirit, or character of the Hebrew people.
  • n. Judaism.

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  • n. the identification of a usage, trait, or characteristic of the Hebrew language. By successive extension it is sometimes applied to the Jewish people, their faith, national ideology, or culture.
  • n. Excessive use of expressions derived from Hebrew

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A Hebrew idiom or custom; a peculiar expression or manner of speaking in the Hebrew language.
  • n. The type of character of the Hebrews.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A manner or custom peculiar to the Hebrews; specifically, an idiom, expression, or manner of speaking peculiar to the Hebrew tongue.
  • n. The spirit and tendency regarded as especially characteristic of the Hebrew race, historically considered.

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  • n. Jews collectively who practice a religion based on the Torah and the Talmud


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From Latin hebraeus (or Ancient Greek Ἑβραῖος (hebraios)) +‎ -ism.


  • Hebraism and Judaism are words now in the English language and their usage is determined for us entirely by the writers who become authoritative either by their style or through the weight of their opinion, and this usage has given the term Hebraism a meaning such that it stands for the entire spirit of the Jew, not only in religion but in all that is Jewish; in English the term Hebraism covers the total biography of the Jewish soul, while the term Judaism stands only for a portion of it.

    The Menorah Journal, Volume 1, 1915

  • His Hebraism is a seal which stamps all that enters his mind from Greek sources, and the Bible, spiritually interpreted, is the canon of all his wisdom.

    Philo-Judaeus of Alexandria

  • The idea of Hellenism is to see things as they are: the idea of Hebraism is conduct and obedience.

    Matthew Arnold

  • Alongside of Hebraism, which is Euhemeristic in principle, allegorical methods of interpretation were put forward.

    Atheism in Pagan Antiquity

  • One of these systems, which played a prominent part, especially in the seventeenth century, is the so-called Hebraism, _i. e._ the attempt to derive the whole of paganism from Judaism.

    Atheism in Pagan Antiquity

  • The phrase, "children of wrath," is a Hebraism, that is, objects of God's wrath from childhood, in our natural state, as being born in the sin which God hates.

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • Hebraism, meaning often any physical cause of destruction, as a plague or storm.

    General History for Colleges and High Schools

  • He took Carlyle for the representative of what he called "Hebraism," and he desired to balance the undue preponderance of that by insisting upon the necessity of the Hellenistic element in culture.

    Among Famous Books

  • Tolkin is particularly hard on his people, wealthy Los Angeles Jews, a variation on the American upper class with their conspicuously consuming Hebraism.

    Class Dismissed

  • Robert Browning and Hebraism (1934); Rogoff, Rabbi David.

    Judith Berlin Lieberman.


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