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also mat·zoh  (mät′sə, -sō′, -sô′, mät-sä′)
n. pl. mat·zos also mat·zohs (mät′səz, -sōs′) or mat·zot or mat·zoth (mät-sôt′)
A flat, usually brittle piece of unleavened bread, eaten especially during Passover.

[Yiddish matse, from Hebrew maṣṣâ; see mṣ́ṣ́ in Semitic roots.]


(ˈmætˈsəʊ) or




(ˈmætsə) or


n, pl matzos, matzohs, matzas, matzahs or matzoth (Hebrew maˈtsɔt)
(Judaism) a brittle very thin biscuit of unleavened bread, traditionally eaten during Passover
[from Hebrew matsāh]


or mat•zoh

(ˈmɑt sə)

n., pl. -zos or -zohs (-səz) -zoth, -zot, -zos (-soʊt, -soʊs)
unleavened bread in the form of large wafers, eaten by Jews during Passover.
[1840–50; < Yiddish matse < Hebrew maṣṣāh]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.matzo - brittle flat bread eaten at Passovermatzo - brittle flat bread eaten at Passover
bread, breadstuff, staff of life - food made from dough of flour or meal and usually raised with yeast or baking powder and then baked


nMatze f, → Matzen m
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The rhetorical perspective is kindred to neutralization theory (Sykes and Matza, 1957), but for a few notable differences.
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For example, writers argue that all people, to varying degrees, receive some inculcation in religion and beliefs in the moral validity of societal laws and norms (Matsueda, 1989; Sykes & Matza, 1957).
It is a mistake to base conclusions about the victim's role on assumptions made by the offender, whose account of events could be a rationalization for their own behaviour, a technique of `neutralization' (Sykes and Matza 1957).
Though David Matza's theory of delinquency and drift(41) was never intended to explain the behavior of the "compulsive or committed delinquent,"(42) much less the adult criminal, it provides conceptual tools that generalize to the study of desistance among these groups.(43) "Maturational reform," Matza's term for the age-graded desistance process, connotes a life-course explanation of crime and desistance.(44) Matza's "drift" theory is founded on an episodic view of crime: "delinquency is a status and delinquents are incumbents who intermittently act out a role.(45) Most delinquent youth spend long periods of time in a state of desistance that is only occasionally punctuated by delinquent activities.
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(1989) presented a model, based on the techniques of neutralization developed in sociology by Sykes and Matza (1957), that helps explain how some people may justify non-normative consumer behaviour.
Matza (1964) notes that delinquents tend to avoid targets with a "human face," especially those with whom they feel some sense of kinship or community.