yetzer

noun

yet·​zer
ˈyātsə(r)
plural yetzarim
ˌyātsəˈrēm
or yetzers
: the impulse or inclination with which humans are endowed according to Jewish traditional belief

Word History

Etymology

Late Hebrew yēṣer, from Hebrew, form, frame, purpose

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“Yetzer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yetzer. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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