One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Originally: a religious opponent of the Hasidim. Later also: a non-Hasidic Jew.
Of or belonging to the Misnagdim.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in The Jewish Encyclopedia. From Yiddish misnaged and modern Hebrew miṯnaggēḏ, lit. ‘opponent, adversary’, use as noun of post-biblical Hebrew miṯnaggēḏ opposed, present participle of hiṯnaggēḏ to be against from nagaḏ to oppose.
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