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Kol Nidre

[Sephardic Hebrew kawl nee-drey; Ashkenazic Hebrew kohl nid-ruh, -rey]
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noun Judaism.
  1. a liturgical prayer for recitation at the beginning of the service on the eve of Yom Kippur asking that all unfulfilled vows to God be nullified and all transgressions forgiven.
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Origin of Kol Nidre

< Aramaic kōl all + nidhrē vows, promises
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Kol Nidre

noun Judaism
  1. the evening service with which Yom Kippur begins
  2. the opening prayer of that service, declaring null in advance any purely religious vows one may come to make in the coming year
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Word Origin

Aramaic kōl nidhrē all the vows; the prayer's opening words
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