baalshem

noun, often capitalized baal·shem \bälˈshām\
variants: less commonly

balshem

\bälˈshām\

Definition of baalshem

  1. :  one believed among Jews (such as earlier Polish Jews) to work wonders by the use of the name of God

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Origin and Etymology of baalshem

Hebrew baʽal shēm one who possesses or works through the (divine) name


First Known Use: 1897


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