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1. A word or pronunciation that distinguishes people of one group or class from those of another.
a. A word or phrase identified with a particular group or cause; a catchword.
b. A commonplace saying or idea.
3. A custom or practice that betrays one as an outsider.
[Ultimately from Hebrew šibbōlet, torrent of water, from the use of this word to distinguish one tribe from another that pronounced it sibbōlet (Judges 12:4-6).]
1. a belief, principle, or practice which is commonly adhered to but which is thought by some people to be inappropriate or out of date
2. a custom, phrase, or use of language that acts as a test of belonging to, or as a stumbling block to becoming a member of, a particular social class, profession, etc
[C14: from Hebrew, literally: ear of grain; the word is used in the Old Testament by the Gileadites as a test word for the Ephraimites, who could not pronounce the sound sh]
shib•bo•leth(ˈʃɪb ə lɪθ, -ˌlɛθ)
1. a peculiarity of pronunciation, usage, or behavior that distinguishes a particular group.
2. a slogan; catchword.
3. a common saying or belief with little current meaning or truth.
[< Hebrew shibbōleth literally, freshet, a word used by the Gileadites as a test to detect the fleeing Ephraimites, who could not pronounce the sound sh (Judges 12:4–6)]
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|Noun||1.||shibboleth - a favorite saying of a sect or political group|
locution, saying, expression - a word or phrase that particular people use in particular situations; "pardon the expression"
mantra - a commonly repeated word or phrase; "she repeated `So pleased with how its going' at intervals like a mantra"
|2.||shibboleth - a manner of speaking that is distinctive of a particular group of people|