mensch

noun
\ˈmen(t)sh \

Definition of mensch 

: a person of integrity and honor

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menschy \ ˈmen(t)-​shē \ adjective

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Commander Lawrence revealing himself to be (maybe) a mensch! Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 Finale Offers a Light in the Darkness," 11 July 2018 Plus, people in the gray area between mensch and monster – the ones with histories of warmth and decency who have lately veered into anger - need more loving people in their lives, not fewer. Carolyn Hax, Detroit Free Press, "Best friend wants to speak up about the way pal treats her husband," 13 June 2018 And watching her re-connect with a mensch from her past is a pleasure. Joanne Kaufman, WSJ, "Summer Books: Beach Reading," 23 May 2018 Or maybe being Hollywood’s leading mensch just comes naturally to him. Jaya Saxena, GQ, "Henry Winkler Is Just Happy to Be Here," 10 May 2018 Whatever is the Greek counterpart for mensch would apply perfectly to Paul (who is almost comically proud of his Greek heritage)—and, with further gender and nationality adjustments, to Kukula as well. James Fallows, The Atlantic, "Remembering Kukula Kapoor Glastris," 1 Sep. 2017 UConn fans have got to be mensches, too, this fall. Jeff Jacobs, courant.com, "Realistically? Don't Expect A Dramatic Turnaround For UConn Football," 30 Aug. 2017 Menashe's final attempt to become a mensch in his community is to host a memorial meal at his tiny apartment in his late wife's honor. Michael Heaton, cleveland.com, "'Menashe' is a look into Hasidic culture (review)," 18 Aug. 2017 Native Washingtonian, business owner, mayoral candidate, and mensch. Justin Wm. Moyer, Washington Post, "Jeffrey Gildenhorn, owner of the American City Diner, dead at 74 after choking," 29 June 2017

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First Known Use of mensch

1856, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mensch

Yiddish mentsh human being, from Middle High German mensch, from Old High German mennisco; akin to Old English man human being, man

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