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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 Exodos, 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 and Etymology of exodus
Latin, from Greek Exodos, literally, road out, from ex- + hodos road
First Known Use: before 12th century
EXODUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of exodus for English Language Learners
: a situation in which many people leave a place at the same time
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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