חלילה

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Hebrew[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Root
ח־ל־ל

Related to חילל \ חִלֵּל(khilél, to desecrate, defile). Probably cognate to Arabic حَلَّلَ(ḥallala, to allow, literally to declare profane); possibly also related to Arabic خَلّ(ḵall).

Interjection[edit]

חָלִילָה (khalíla)

  1. far be it, it is forbidden, it would be a desecration
    • 1 Kings 21:3, with translation of the Jewish Publication Society:
      וַיֹּאמֶר נָבוֹת אֶל־אַחְאָב חָלִילָה לִּי מֵיְהוָה מִתִּתִּי אֶת־נַחֲלַת אֲבֹתַי לָךְ׃‎‎
      vayómer navót 'el-'akh'áv khalíla lí meYHVH mitití 'et-nakhalát 'avotái lákh.
      wayyṓmer nāḇōṯ ʾel-ʾaḥʾāḇ ḥālī́lā llī mēYHWH mittittī ʾeṯ-naḥălaṯ ʾăḇōṯay lāḵ.
      And Naboth said to Ahab: ‘The LORD forbid it me, that I should give the inheritance of my fathers unto thee.’
  2. God forbid, heaven forbid

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Yiddish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Hebrew חָלִילָה‎.

Interjection[edit]

חלילה (kholile)

  1. God forbid, heaven forbid