[ek-suh-duh s]
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  1. a going out; a departure or emigration, usually of a large number of people: the summer exodus to the country and shore.
  2. the Exodus, the departure of the Israelites from Egypt under Moses.
  3. (initial capital letter) the second book of the Bible, containing an account of the Exodus. Abbreviation: Ex.

Origin of exodus

< Latin: a going out < Greek éxodos a marching out, going out, equivalent to ex- ex-3 + (h)odós way
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British Dictionary definitions for exodus


  1. the act or an instance of going out

Word Origin for exodus

C17: via Latin from Greek exodos from ex- 1 + hodos way


  1. the Exodus the departure of the Israelites from Egypt led by Moses
  2. the second book of the Old Testament, recounting the events connected with this and the divine visitation of Moses at Mount Sinai
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Word Origin and History for exodus


late Old English, the second book of the Old Testament, from Latin exodus, from Greek exodos "a military expedition; a solemn procession; departure; death," literally "a going out," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + hodos "way" (see cede). General sense (with lower-case -e-) is from 1620s.

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exodus in Culture


The second book of the Old Testament; it tells of the departure of the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt (see also Egypt), made possible by the ten plagues of Egypt and the parting of the Red Sea. Moses led them, and their destination was the Promised Land. God guided them by sending a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night, to show them the way they should go. God also fed them with manna and gave them water out of a solid rock. Because of their frequent complaining and failure to trust him, however, God made them stay in the desert for forty years before entering the Promised Land. God gave them the Ten Commandments and the rest of the Mosaic law on Mount Sinai during the Exodus. Exodus is a Greek word meaning “departure.”

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