[yawm kip-er, yohm, yom; Sephardic Hebrew yawm kee-poor; Ashkenazic Hebrew yohm ki-puh r]
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
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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 for Yom Kippur
from Hebrew, from yōm day + kippūr atonement
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Word Origin and History for 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."
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[(yohm ki-poor, yom kup-uhr)]
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