lashon hara

Alternative Spellings

loshn hore, loshon hora, lashon hora, leshon hara, l'shon hara

Definitions

  • "gossip" (lit. "evil tongue") (JPS)

Example Sentences

  • "I would tell you, but I don't want to speak lashon hara."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish

Etymology

Heb לשון הרע lashón hará, Yiddish לשון־הרע loshn-hóre

Who Uses This

Religious, Jews

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

Yiddish, JPS

Notes

More common among Orthodox Jews.

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