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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
Recent Examples of exodus from the Web
The most recent exodus to Bangladesh follows an upsurge in violence in Rakhine.
Few dead bees were found in hives or around them — and the mass exoduses could not be explained by a lack of resources, since the hives were found to have reserves of pollen and honey.
The lack of direction has contributed to a high-level staff exodus, which continued on Friday with the departure of two more senior diplomats.
This exodus had a vibrant, happy soundtrack, as people shared impressions — the wonders of nature, the way this phenomenon briefly united strangers in a celestial community.
Square footage prices years ago got scary in New York City, helping to foment an exodus of talented young chefs.
One of those is the Bible’s Old Testament, which suggests a grisly end for many Canaanites: After the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt, God ordered them to destroy Canaan and its people (though other passages suggest some may have survived).
My money’s exodus was visceral, like dollar bills were trampling each other to flee my bank account.
The exodus of foreign nationals also hurt; in the early 2010s one-third of doctors were immigrants.
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Don't Leave Without the History of exodos
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
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonymsoutflow, gush, outpour, outpouring
Antonymsflux, inflow, influx, inrush
Related Wordsdrain, flow; ebb, reflow, reflux; rush, stampede; diaspora, emigration, flight; discharge, effluence, emanation, emission
Near Antonymsdeluge, flood, inundation, overflow, spate, torrent; river, stream, tide
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
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