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dybbuk

Line breaks: dyb¦buk
Pronunciation: /ˈdɪbʊk
 
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Definition of dybbuk in English:

noun (plural dybbuks or dybbukim /-kɪm/)

(In Jewish folklore) a malevolent wandering spirit that enters and possesses the body of a living person until exorcised.
Example sentences
  • The Jewish dybbuk is the malevolent spirit of a dead person which enters a living one and controls it.
  • Ashkenazi legends are a fantastic repository of monsters - not only golems, but dybbuks and demons too.
  • Not only his dybbuks and demons but the people themselves belonged not simply to another continent but to another cosmos, a distant century.

Origin

from Yiddish dibek, from Hebrew dibbūq, from dāḇaq 'cling'.

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