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 (po͞or′ĭm, po͝o-rēm′)
n. Judaism
The 14th of Adar, observed in celebration of the deliverance of the Jews from massacre by Haman.

[Hebrew pûrîm, pl. of pûr, lot (from the lots Haman cast to decide the day of the massacre, Esther 9:24-26), from Akkadian pūru, lot; perhaps akin to Hittite pul, lot, and Hurrian pulaḫli, lot caster.]
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(ˈpʊərɪm; Hebrew puːˈriːm )
(Judaism) a Jewish holiday celebrated on Adar 14, in February or March, and in Adar Sheni in leap years, to commemorate the deliverance of the Jews from the massacre planned for them by Haman (Esther 9)
[Hebrew pūrīm, plural of pūr lot; from the casting of lots by Haman]
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(ˈpʊər ɪm; Heb. puˈrim)

a Jewish festival celebrated on the 14th day of Adar in commemoration of the deliverance of the Jews in Persia from destruction by Haman.
[< Hebrew pūrīm, pl. of pūr lot]
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Noun1.Purim - (Judaism) a Jewish holy day commemorating their deliverance from massacre by HamanPurim - (Judaism) a Jewish holy day commemorating their deliverance from massacre by Haman
Judaism - the monotheistic religion of the Jews having its spiritual and ethical principles embodied chiefly in the Torah and in the Talmud
Jewish holy day - a religious holiday for Jews
Adar - the sixth month of the civil year; the twelfth month of the ecclesiastic year in the Jewish calendar (in February and March)
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[ˈpʊərɪm] nPourim m
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Many Persians convert to Judaism because of "the fear of the Jews" who "slew of their foes seventy and five thousand." Although God did not command the act, the massacre is commended, and commemorated in the feast of Purim. The Book of Esther was duly canonized in the Hebrew scriptures and the Christian Bible.
Proponents of a more robust Jewry in Nevada may be comforted or perplexed knowing that Las Vegas once had a Jewish major who prayed as well as he cursed and who, on the feast of purim, may not have known the difference between the villain Haman and Mordechai the hero." A welcome addition to Judaic studies shelves, as well as Nevada state history shelves.
THE Feast of Purim (poor-'im) this Monday evening is a celebration of the upside-down world we live in.