shibboleth
[ shib-uh-lith ]
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Part of Speech noun
Origin + Etymology
mid 17th century; Hebrew from Hebrew šibbōleṯ ‘ear of corn’, used as a test of nationality by its difficult pronunciation
Synonyms
  • catchword
  • custom
  • phrase
  • practice
  • saying
  • truism
  • watchword
Antonyms
  • euphemism
  • misconstruction
Definition
a common saying or belief with little current meaning or truth
Example
A) History continues to prove the shibboleth wrong, yet my Grandmother continues to believe it. B) The professor was quick to question the student when he based his theory on a shibboleth.
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