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maggid

[Ashkenazic Hebrew, English mah-gid; Sephardic Hebrew mah-geed]
noun, plural mag·gi·dim [Ashkenazic Hebrew mah-gee-dim; Sephardic Hebrew mah-gee-deem] /Ashkenazic Hebrew mɑˈgi dɪm; Sephardic Hebrew mɑ giˈdim/, mag·gids. Judaism.
  1. (especially in Poland and Russia) a wandering Jewish preacher whose sermons contained religious and moral instruction and words of comfort and hope.
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Origin of maggid

First recorded in 1890–95, maggid is from the Hebrew word maggīdh literally, narrator, messenger
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Historical Examples

  • "Children and fools speak the truth," said the Maggid, pinching her cheek.

    Ghetto Tragedies

    Israel Zangwill

  • The schoolmaster wrote out the envelope, as usual, but the Maggid did not post the letter.

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    Israel Zangwill

  • Poor Caminski fell into it—you remember the red-haired weaver who sold his looms to the Maggid's brother-in-law.

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    Israel Zangwill

  • After his wife died—vainly calling for her Isaac—the old Maggid was left heart-broken.

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    Israel Zangwill

  • How the Maggid would have been stricken to the heart to know that Isaac now heard these legends with inverted sympathies!

    Ghetto Tragedies

    Israel Zangwill