n. Heretic, non-believer, especially one with great knowledge of Judaism.
"A lot of people think that if you go to college you'll become an apikores."
Languages of Origin
- Textual Hebrew
Heb אפיקורס epikoros/apikores, Yiddish אַפּיקורס apikoyres (plural אַפּיקורסים apikorsim)
- 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).
- 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).
Who Uses This
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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