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The second book of the Bible, which recounts the departure of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt, their journey across the Red Sea and through the wilderness led by Moses, and the giving of the Ten Commandments. The events have been variously dated by scholars between about 1580 and 1200 bc.
Old English, via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek exodos, from ex- out of + hodos way.
1A mass departure of people:‘the annual exodus of sun-seeking Canadians to Florida’
mass departure, withdrawal, evacuation, leaving, exitmigration, emigration, hegira, diasporaflight, escape, retreat, fleeingchicken runView synonyms
- ‘It is quite an exodus for a rural club, with some of the departed difficult to replace.’
- ‘There was a mass exodus of people who had sat through at least two hours of a process that hadn't concerned them.’
- ‘The mass exodus of European technical skills adversely affected both quality and productivity.’
- ‘A shop boss today told how he faces a mass exodus of staff following two robberies at his store within 48 hours.’
- ‘With poor openings here, the state also sees an annual exodus of trained professionals.’
- ‘The families of the eight detainees were forced to join the exodus.’
- ‘If the match is cancelled it could spark a mass exodus to the many stillwater fisheries in the region.’
- ‘Contrary to popular belief, there will not be a mass exodus of age and experience.’
- ‘After all, what did the massive exodus of spectators say to the Westmeath boys last Saturday?’
- ‘A mass exodus of foreign workers would also cripple the oil industry.’
- ‘According to one player, Blackadder's departure could be the signal for a general exodus.’
- ‘He will not be the first, or the last, and inviting one or two into the A-team squad for training will not serve to halt the exodus.’
- ‘It predicted that if they got their way there would be ‘a mass exodus of money and jobs’.’
- ‘With the exodus from villages to cities, most families have never been to a swim.’
- ‘Our elections seem to prompt little more than a mass exodus to the pub.’
- ‘Once people get their lives scraped back together a bit, I think there may be a mass exodus from Florida.’
- ‘The exodus followed a new, more restrictive immigration act adopted by Malaysia.’
- ‘A white bird of prey hovers above what appears to be a mass exodus of fleeing animals.’
- ‘The chief executive resigns amid an ongoing exodus of clients and partners.’
- ‘A mass exodus is the surest evidence you will find for the brutality of a particular country.’
- 1.1 The departure of the Israelites from Egypt:‘the Passover festival celebrates the Exodus’
- ‘This was at the Exodus from Egypt, where He performed miracles both in Egypt and by the Red Sea.’
- ‘This story is a microcosm of the Exodus from Egypt; it is a liberation story on a family scale.’
- ‘After the Exodus, red heifers were part of the sacrifices given unto the Levites to perform.’
- ‘The Exodus of the Hebrews was a collective experience, still commemorated by the Jewish Passover festival.’
- ‘The Haggadah is a book which tells in fourteen steps the story of the Jewish experience in Egypt and of the Exodus and revelation of God.’
Early 17th century: from Greek (see Exodus).
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