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Jekyll, Dr

Line breaks: Dr Je¦kyll
Pronunciation: /ˈdʒɛk(ə)l

Definition of Jekyll, Dr in English:

The central character of Robert Louis Stevenson’s story The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886). He discovers a drug which creates a separate personality (appearing in the character of Mr Hyde) into which Jekyll’s evil impulses are channelled.


a Jekyll and Hyde

A person alternately displaying opposing good and evil personalities.
Example sentences
  • In this segment, they encounter a disturbingly life-like computer-generated Gollum, who looks like Dobby, sounds like Yoda and has the split personality of a Jekyll and Hyde.
  • Mr English cannot be a Jekyll and Hyde; he has to stick to the line.
  • Gareth Evans QC, for Derek Elener, described him as a Jekyll and Hyde character, a family man who latterly lived as a professional armed robber.

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