Yom Kippur


Yom Kip·​pur ˌyōm-ki-ˈpu̇r How to pronounce Yom Kippur (audio)
ˌyäm- How to pronounce Yom Kippur (audio)
: a Jewish holiday observed with fasting and prayer on the 10th day of Tishri in accordance with the rites described in Leviticus 16

called also Day of Atonement

Examples of Yom Kippur in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But, the archbishop continued, the war nearby—the 1973 Yom Kippur War—had made travel dangerous and complicated. John Ganz, Harper's Magazine, 22 May 2024 Koufax had refused to pitch the opening game of the 1965 World Series because of Yom Kippur. Bill Keane, Hartford Courant, 12 Feb. 2024 Nelly Lahoud Snapshot How Will the IDF Handle Urban Combat? David Kilcullen Snapshot The Real Lessons of the Yom Kippur War Uri Kaufman Snapshot Will the War in Gaza Ignite the Middle East? Jonathan Stevenson, Foreign Affairs, 10 June 2024 By the time the Yom Kippur War broke out in 1973, there are a lot of evangelicals in Israel that subsequently helped Israel respond to the war effort. Jaclyn Diaz, NPR, 26 May 2024 In 1973, military reservists returning from the Yom Kippur war, angry at their leaders’ failure to prevent its outbreak, ultimately helped drive political opposition to the government of the day. Patrick Kingsley, New York Times, 20 Apr. 2024 During the 1970s, Washington provided significant surges in military aid to Israel as the country rebuilt its forces after the 1973 Yom Kippur War, in which a coalition of Arab nations, led by Egypt and Syria, launched an attack on Israel. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, 2 Apr. 2024 His 16th year in office, 2023, was the third-bloodiest in Israel’s history, surpassed only by 1948 and 1973, Israel’s first year of independence and the year of the Yom Kippur War, respectively. Anshel Pfeffer, The Atlantic, 27 Mar. 2024 Rather than write with a pen or pencil, which Jews are prohibited from doing on Yom Kippur and the Sabbath, worshipers designated what to give by bending a perforated tab. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, 18 Mar. 2024

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Word History


Hebrew yōm kippūr, literally, day of atonement

First Known Use

1735, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Yom Kippur was in 1735

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Yom Kippur

Yom Kip·​pur ˌyōm-ki-ˈpu̇r How to pronounce Yom Kippur (audio) ˌyȯm- How to pronounce Yom Kippur (audio)
: a Jewish holiday observed in September or October with fasting and prayer as ways of making up for sins

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