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Day of Atonement

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noun Judaism.
  1. Yom Kippur.

Origin of Day of Atonement

First recorded in 1810–20
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British Dictionary definitions for day of atonement

Day of Atonement

noun
  1. another name for Yom Kippur
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day of atonement in Culture

Day of Atonement

An annual day of fasting and prayer among the Israelites, still observed by their descendants, the present-day Jews (see also Jews). It occurs in autumn, and its observance is one of the requirements of the Mosaic law. Jews call this day Yom Kippur.

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