Definition of Hebraism in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhiːbreɪɪz(ə)m/


1A Hebrew idiom or expression.
Example sentences
  • His idea was to make Moses seem more German by eliminating his Hebraisms to such an extent that no one would think of calling him a Hebrew.
  • Soon he is sprinkling his conversation with Hebraisms.
2 [mass noun] The Jewish religion, culture, or character.
Example sentences
  • Matthew Arnold, writing in his celebrated work Culture and Anarchy, suggests that Hebraism and Hellenism are the two essential philosophies of life between which civilized man must choose.
  • The essence of Hebraism is the Bible, which has greatly influenced every field of western culture.
  • One cannot revert back to Hebraism.



Pronunciation: /hiːbreɪˈɪstɪk/
Example sentences
  • The Jewish belief in a special preference of the Jews before all nations doubtless suggested this, and it forms a leading feature in the strong Hebraistic form of the writer's Christianity.
  • The result therefore, was exactly and inerrantly what God wanted it to be, grammatical blunders and Hebraistic Greek sentences and weird vocabulary and all.
  • It has become fashionable to divide the rival tendencies of modern thought into the two classes of Hellenistic and Hebraistic.


Pronunciation: /ˈhiːbreɪʌɪz/
(also Hebraise) verb
Example sentences
  • The Israeli government encouraged the Hebraizing of surnames.
  • When Israel was declared an independent state, he Hebraized his name from Shertok to Sharett, and became its first foreign minister.
  • Eventually, he was circumcised and he Hebraized his name.


Late 16th century: from French hébraïsme or modern Latin Hebraismus, from late Greek Hebraïsmos, from Hebraios (see Hebrew).

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