apikorus (ah-pee-KOH-roos) listen


  • n. 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

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Aramaic
  • Yiddish


  • 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
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa


      • 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 Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

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


  • Apparently derived from the Greek philosopher Epicurus, the founder of Epicureanism.

    See also apikorsus.

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