- Judaism a prayer in praise of God, recited as part of the daily service
- another form of this prayer recited by mourners
Origin: Aram kadish, lit., holy, akin to Heb kadosh, holy < root kdš, sanctify
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Origin: From Aramaic qaddiš, holy, sacred, from qədaš, to become holy, be sacred (so called after the first words of the prayer); see qdš in Semitic roots.