Simple Definition of exodus
: a situation in which many people leave a place at the same time
Examples of exodus in a sentence
<the mass exodus from the cities for the beaches and the mountains on most summer weekends>
Did You Know?
The Biblical book of Exodus describes the departure of the Israelites from Egypt, so it's no surprise that the word has come to refer more generally to any mass departure. The word itself was adopted into English (via Latin) from Greek Exodus, which literally means "the road out." The Greek word was formed by combining the prefix ex- and hodos, meaning "road" or "way." Other descendants of the prolific "hodos" in English include "episode," "method," "odometer," and "period." There are also several scientific words that can be traced back to "hodos." "Anode" and "cathode" can refer, respectively, to the positive and negative electrodes of a diode, and "hodoscope" refers to an instrument for tracing the paths of ionizing particles.
Origin of exodus
Latin, from Greek Exodos, literally, road out, from ex- + hodos road
First Known Use: before 12th century
EXODUS Defined for Kids
Definition of exodus for Students
: the departure of a large number of people at the same time
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