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Maskil

[mahs-keel] /ˈmɑs kil/
noun, plural Maskilim
[mahs-kee-leem] /mɑs kiˈlim/ (Show IPA).
Judaism.
1.
an advocate or supporter of the Haskalah.
Origin of Maskil
From the Hebrew word maśkīl literally, enlightened
Related forms
Maskilic
[mah-skil-ik] /mɑˈskɪl ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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  • Most of them are old, and when they die the "Maskil" as a type will have vanished from New York.

    The Spirit of the Ghetto Hutchins Hapgood
  • Sad and perplexed in spirit, I came down from the rabbi, with the Maskil, and into the street.

    Stories and Pictures Isaac Loeb Peretz
  • It is true that the Maskil dogged my footsteps, but he had become antipathetic to me, and I couldn't look at him.

    Stories and Pictures Isaac Loeb Peretz
  • Our Maskil stops at blacking his boots and wearing a black ribbon round his neck.

    Stories and Pictures Isaac Loeb Peretz
  • On the strength of what he is a Maskil, it is hard to tell—enough that people should consider him one!

    Stories and Pictures Isaac Loeb Peretz
  • The rabbi stood in the centre, I and the Maskil on either side of him, and we all three began to call out.

    Stories and Pictures Isaac Loeb Peretz
  • It is evident that the Maskil had studied in a Cheder, in the great world one meets with other Maskilm.

    Stories and Pictures Isaac Loeb Peretz

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