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Maskil

[mahs-keel]
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noun, plural Mas·ki·lim [mahs-kee-leem] /mɑs kiˈlim/. Judaism.
  1. an advocate or supporter of the Haskalah.
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Origin of Maskil

From the Hebrew word maśkīl literally, enlightened
Related formsMas·kil·ic [mah-skil-ik] /mɑˈskɪl ɪk/, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • 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