Alternative Spellings

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


  • 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


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


North America


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).


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

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