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shibboleth

shib·bo·leth

shibboleth

 
pronunciation:
shI b leth [or] shI b lihth
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a slogan, phrase, or belief that characterizes or is held devotedly by a group.
"No new taxes" is now a shibboleth of the Republican Party.the shibboleths of communism
definition 2: a piece of language or a pronunciation that serves as a test of one's membership in a group.