Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur

[yawm kip-er, yohm, yom; Sephardic Hebrew yawm kee-poor; Ashkenazic Hebrew yohm ki-puhr]
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.
Also called Day of Atonement.

< Hebrew, equivalent to yōm day + kippūr atonement

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Yom Kippur (jɒm ˈkɪpə, Hebrew jɔm kiˈpur)
Also called: Day of Atonement 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 day
[from Hebrew, from yōm day + kippūr atonement]

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Yom Kippur
Jewish holiday, 1854, from Mishnaic Heb. yom kippur (in Biblical Heb., yom kippurim), lit. "day of atonement," from yom "day" + kippur "atonement, expiation."
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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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