kiddush hashem


kiddush ha·​shem
Jewish religion
: a religious or moral act that causes others to reverence God
especially : religious martyrdom in times of persecution compare hillul hashem

Word History


Hebrew qiddūsh hashshēm sanctification of the name (of God)

First Known Use

1863, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kiddush hashem was in 1863

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Dictionary Entries Near kiddush hashem

Cite this Entry

“Kiddush hashem.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!