apikoros

Alternative Spellings

apikores, apikoyres, apikorus, apikoras, apicoras, apicorus, apicoros

Definitions

  • heretic, non-believer, especially one with great knowledge of Judaism

Example Sentences

  • "A lot of people think that if you go to college you'll become an apikores."

Languages of Origin

Aramaic, Yiddish, Greek

Etymology

Heb אפיקורס epikoros/apikores, Yiddish אַפּיקורס apikoyres (plural אַפּיקורסים apikorsim)

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

Notes

Apparently derived from the Greek philosopher Epicurus, the founder of Epicureanism. Stress is on the KO(Y)R syllable.

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