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noun as in slogan

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We often hear the old shibboleth that “we’re fighting them abroad, so we won’t have to fight them at home.”

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Herzog was never just a novel; from the beginning it was a symbol, a crucible, a shibboleth.

In all large towns a few of this complexion may be found; and in Preston odd ones exist whose shibboleth is “Christian Brethren.”

And the Spaniard, as he uttered this emphatic shibboleth, gnashed his teeth with vexation.

Why is a gentleman of property to be kept out in the cold by some O'Mullins because he will not mutter an unmeaning shibboleth?

And the physical Hakim could by no test or shibboleth be prevented from silently introducing the spiritual Hakim.

She had none of the shibboleth spirit that leads certain people to die or slay for a pronunciation.


On this page you'll find 26 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to shibboleth, such as: catchword, custom, password, phrase, practice, and saying.

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