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n. pl. mitz·voth (-vōt′, -vōs′) or mitz·vahs
a. A commandment of the Jewish law.
b. The fulfillment of such a commandment.
2. A worthy deed.

[Hebrew miṣwâ, from ṣiwwâ, to command; see ṣwy in Semitic roots.]
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(ˈmɪtsvə; Hebrew mitsˈvɑ)
n, pl -vahs or -voth (Hebrew -ˈvɔt)
1. (Judaism) a commandment or precept, esp one found in the Bible
2. (Judaism) a good deed
[from Hebrew: commandment]
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or mits•vah

(mitsˈvɑ, mɪts-; Eng. ˈmɪts və)

n., pl. -voth, -vot, -vos (-ˈvɔt)
Eng. -vahs. Hebrew.
1. any of the collection of 613 commandments or precepts in the Bible and additional ones of rabbinic origin that relate chiefly to the religious and moral conduct of Jews.
2. any good or praiseworthy deed.
[< Hebrew miṣwāh commandment]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mitzvah - (Judaism) a precept or commandment of the Jewish lawmitzvah - (Judaism) a precept or commandment of the Jewish law
commandment, precept, teaching - a doctrine that is taught; "the teachings of religion"; "he believed all the Christian precepts"
Judaism - the monotheistic religion of the Jews having its spiritual and ethical principles embodied chiefly in the Torah and in the Talmud
2.mitzvah - (Judaism) a good deed performed out of religious duty
human action, human activity, act, deed - something that people do or cause to happen
Judaism - the monotheistic religion of the Jews having its spiritual and ethical principles embodied chiefly in the Torah and in the Talmud
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