how to say “reputation” in Hebrew

how to say “reputation” in Hebrew

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שֵׁם, מוֹנִיטִין
Since the Torah portion to be read this Shabbat by Jews around the world is שְׁמוֹת – names of, I thought it appropriate to introduce another important word related the common word, name – שֵׁם.

A reputation in English can also be called a good name or a bad name. The same is true for Hebrew.

For example:

לְקֶרְמִיט יֵשׁ מוֹנִיטִין
Kermit has a name for himself

הִיא נוֹתֶנֶת שֵׁם טוֹב לַמִּשְׁפָּחָה שֶׁלָּהּ.

She gives a good name to the (her) family.


יָצָא שֵׁם רַע עַל הַפּוֹלִיטִקָאִי שֶׁשִּׁקֵּר.

A bad reputation has begun circulating (literally, went out) about the politician who lied.

That’s reputation in the personal sense. But in the business sense – more appropriately translated into English as renown, the better word to use is מוֹנִיטִין (a loan word – from which language, I do not know).

לַחֶבְרָה הַהִיא יֵשׁ מוֹנִיטִין בַּשּׁוּק הַבֵּינְלְאֻמִּי.

That company has a reputation/renown in the international market.

מוניטין generally refers to a positive reputation. To refer to a negative one, you’d have to add the word רַע (bad) to the phrase: מוֹנִיטִין רַע.

שַׁבָּת שָׁלוֹם וְסוֹף שָׁבוּעַ נָעִים לְכֻלָּם!

Shabbat Shalom, and a pleasant weekend to all!

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