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maggid

[Ashkenazic Hebrew, English mah-gid; Sephardic Hebrew mah-geed] /Ashkenazic Hebrew, English ˈmɑ gɪd; Sephardic Hebrew mɑˈgid/
noun, plural maggidim
[Ashkenazic Hebrew mah-gee-dim; Sephardic Hebrew mah-gee-deem] /Ashkenazic Hebrew mɑˈgi dɪm; Sephardic Hebrew mɑ giˈdim/ (Show IPA),
maggids. Judaism.
1.
(especially in Poland and Russia) a wandering Jewish preacher whose sermons contained religious and moral instruction and words of comfort and hope.
Origin of maggid
1890-1895
1890-95; < Hebrew maggīdh literally, narrator, messenger
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  • The schoolmaster wrote out the envelope, as usual, but the maggid did not post the letter.

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

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

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

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