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n. - A manner of speaking that is distinctive of a particular group of people; A favorite saying of a sect or political group.

Usage examples (35)
  • The word shibboleth in ancient Hebrew dialects meant 'ear of grain' (or, some say, 'stream').
  • A shibboleth is a mantra to which people get attached because it is easier than hard thinking.
  • In ancient Israel, the word "shibboleth" became a communal password.
  • I'm just going to roll the word "shibboleth" around in my mouth for a while. for more
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