n. pl. mitz·voth (-vōt′, -vōs′) or mitz·vahs
a. A commandment of the Jewish law.
b. The fulfillment of such a commandment.
2. A worthy deed.
[Hebrew miṣwâ, from ṣiwwâ, to command; see ṣwy1 in the Appendix of Semitic roots.]
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