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Yom Kippur

[yawm kip-er, yohm, yom; Sephardic Hebrew yawm kee-poor; Ashkenazic Hebrew yohm ki-puhr]
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noun
  1. a Jewish high holy day observed on the 10th day of the month of Tishri by abstinence from food and drink and by the daylong recitation of prayers of repentance in the synagogue.

Origin of Yom Kippur

< Hebrew, equivalent to yōm day + kippūr atonement
Also called Day of Atonement.
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Historical Examples

  • They strictly observed the dietary laws, and solemnized the festivals, and the fast of Yom-Kippur, which they called Ashura.

    History of the Jews, Vol. III (of 6)

    Heinrich Graetz


British Dictionary definitions for yom kippur

Yom Kippur

noun
  1. an annual Jewish holiday celebrated on Tishri 10 as a day of fasting, on which prayers of penitence are recited in the synagogue throughout the dayAlso called: Day of Atonement

Word Origin

from Hebrew, from yōm day + kippūr atonement
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Word Origin and History for yom kippur

Yom Kippur

Jewish holiday, 1854, from Mishnaic Hebrew yom kippur (in Biblical Hebrew, yom kippurim), literally "day of atonement," from yom "day" + kippur "atonement, expiation."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

yom kippur in Culture

Yom Kippur

[(yohm ki-poor, yom kup-uhr)]

In Judaism, the Day of Atonement, the most important religious holiday; a day of fasting to atone for sins. It comes in autumn. (See Rosh Hashanah.)

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