mitzvah

[ meets-vah; mits-vuh ]

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Part of Speech

noun (2), noun (1)

Origin + Etymology

Mid 17th century; Hebrew

from Hebrew miṣwāh ‘commandment’

Synonyms

noun (2)

  • edict
  • precept

noun (1)

  • good deed
  • act of grace
  • courtesy
  • good work

Antonyms

noun (2)

  • choice
  • lawlessness
  • disorganization

noun (1)

  • crime
  • sin

Definition

noun (2)

a precept or commandment

noun (1)

any good or praiseworthy deed

Examples

noun (2)

The Jewish children performed their mitzvah to fulfill the commandment.

noun (1)

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

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