from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A word or pronunciation that distinguishes people of one group or class from those of another.
- noun A word or phrase identified with a particular group or cause; a catchword.
- noun A commonplace saying or idea.
- noun A custom or practice that betrays one as an outsider.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A Hebrew word, meaning ‘ear of corn’ or ‘stream,’ used by Jephthah, one of the judges of Israel, as a test-word by which to distinguish the fleeing Ephraimites (who could not pronounce the sh in shibboleth) from his own men, the Gileadites (Judges xii. 4–6); hence, a test-word, or the watchword or pet phrase of a party, sect, or school.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun A word which was made the criterion by which to distinguish the Ephraimites from the Gileadites. The Ephraimites, not being able to pronounce
sh, called the word sibboleth. See Judges xii.
- noun Also used in an extended sense.
- noun Hence, the criterion, test, or watchword of a party; a party cry or pet phrase.
from , Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun A
word, especially seen as a test, to distinguishsomeone as belonging to a particular nation, class, profession etc.
- noun A common or longstanding
belief, custom, or catchphraseassociated with a particular group, especially one with little current meaning or truth.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a favorite saying of a sect or political group
- noun a manner of speaking that is distinctive of a particular group of people
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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People who want to make this about Joe Wilson have their official Faux News blinders on (you can tell when they repeat catch phrases like “criminilization of politics” – that’s what you call a shibboleth).
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