tohu vavohu


tohu vavohu (TOH-hoo vah-VOH-hoo) listen


  • n. The state of shapeless and formless primordial chaos that the universe was in (according to the Torah) before God created the world.

Example Sentences

  • "A society in which words are stripped of their meaning is a society that has reintroduced tohu va’vohu into the world." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • תוהו ובוהו / תֹהוּ וָבֹהוּ 'lit. nothingness and void'

    • Who Uses This

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


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      Alternative Spellings

      tohu va'vohu

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