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shibboleth

Syllabification: shib·bo·leth
Pronunciation: /ˈSHibəliTH, -ˌleTH
 
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Definition of shibboleth in English:

noun

A custom, principle, or belief distinguishing a particular class or group of people, especially a long-standing one regarded as outmoded or no longer important: the party began to break with the shibboleths of the left
More example sentences
  • It's not bad to be reminded that there's a whole horde of men of his generation out there in the sticks for whom the old shibboleths are pretty important.
  • Yet, it points to a tendency - I'll put it as weakly as that - toward re-marketing tired conservative shibboleths as funky new contrarian understandings.
  • But discarding a few outmoded shibboleths does not create a society that is at ease with itself and free of class anxieties, frictions and divisions.

Origin

mid 17th century: from Hebrew šibbōleṯ 'ear of corn', used as a test of nationality by its difficult pronunciation (Judg. 12:6).

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