yetzer

noun yet·zer \ˈyātsə(r)\

Definition of yetzer

plural

yetzarim

\ˌyātsəˈrēm\ or

yetzers

  1. :  the impulse or inclination with which humans are endowed according to Jewish traditional belief

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Origin and Etymology of yetzer

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


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