Mitzvah

Pronunciation: [ meets-vah; mits-vuh ]


Definition: noun

1: any good or praiseworthy deed

2: a precept or commandment

Origin: Mid 17th century; Hebrew


Etymology: from Hebrew miṣwāh ‘commandment’


Usage:


Synonyms:

1:

  • good deed

  • act of grace

  • courtesy

  • good work

2:

  • edict

  • precept

Antonyms:

1:

  • crime

  • sin

2:

  • choice

  • lawlessness

  • disorganization

Example:

1: The family decided to do a mitzvah together as a holiday activity.

2: The Jewish children performed their mitzvah to fulfill the commandment.

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