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- n. A Jewish skeptic or apostate.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Jewish use, one who is unsound in belief or lax in the observance of religion or ceremony; one who is irreverent to rabbis; a skeptic or heretic.
From Hebrew אֶפִּיקוֹרוֹס ('eppiqóros, "heretic"), from אפקרסותא (heresy). From the root פקר ('to break out') with a formative ס (compare אפקרסין 'undergarments' from פקר in the sense of 'undress'). Phonetically coincidental with Ancient Greek ᾽Επίκουρος (Epíkouros, "Epicurus"), the name of the ancient Greek philosopher who founded Epicureanism - this similarity probably contributed significantly to the popularity of the term in rabbinic literature. (Wiktionary)