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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
Mosul’s exodus has realised even the UN’s worst-case predictions.
Strict curbs on the movement of money have slowed the exodus.
He was gathered up in a huge net of Cubans who were being shipped to the U.S. under the umbrella of the Mariel boatlift, a mass exodus of more than 100,000 immigrants who were given permission by Cuba to leave the economically depressed country.
Kalanick took the brunt of the criticism, but an exodus of key executive positions soon followed, leading many to question the extent of Uber's problems.
George M. Young Jr., whose family has been in the oil business for generations, also shrugs off XTO’s exodus.
In 1980, some 125,000 Cubans fled the port of Mariel on boats to the U.S. in the largest single exodus of refugees in modern Cuban history.
There is an exodus of sorts happening in the Southland, one that has caught the attention of local group of people who long have focused on generational trends.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s governor announced that the U.S. territory overwhelmingly chose statehood on Sunday in a nonbinding referendum held amid a deep economic crisis that has sparked an exodus of islanders to the U.S. mainland.
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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
Latin, from Greek Exodos, literally, road out, from ex- + hodos road
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
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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