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[dop-uh l-gang-er; German daw-puh l-geng-er] /ˈdɒp əlˌgæŋ ər; German ˈdɔ pəlˌgɛŋ ər/
a ghostly double or counterpart of a living person.
Also, Doppelgänger.
Also called doubleganger.
1850-55; < German: literally, double-walker Unabridged
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Examples from the web for doppelganger
  • Debt, and its doppelganger credit, have expanded beyond all previous historical situations.
  • Our genetic doppelganger had been right there watching us, even outwitting us.
  • That was my doppelganger moving to a new school in the state.
  • You sound like my doppelganger.
  • You're blaming your posts on a doppelganger that's stolen your identity? .
  • And whatever moral reasoning you did to make the choice could have led your doppelganger to make the exact opposite choice.
  • The eye is such a simple shape that it's no surprise to see its doppelganger, even one millions of light years away.
British Dictionary definitions for doppelganger


/ˈdɒpəlˌɡɛŋə; German ˈdɔpəlˌɡɛŋər/
(legend) a ghostly duplicate of a living person
Word Origin
from German Doppelgänger, literally: double-goer
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Contemporary definitions for doppelganger

alter ego

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German doppel 'double' + ganger 'goer''s 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for doppelganger

1830, from German Doppelgänger, literally "double-goer," originally with a ghostly sense. See double + gang (n.). Sometimes half-anglicized as doubleganger.

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Encyclopedia Article for doppelganger

(German: "double goer"), in German folklore, a wraith or apparition of a living person, as distinguished from a ghost. The concept of the existence of a spirit double, an exact but usually invisible replica of every man, bird, or beast, is an ancient and widespread belief. To meet one's double is a sign that one's death is imminent. The doppelganger became a popular symbol of horror literature, and the theme took on considerable complexity. In The Double (1846), by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, for example, a poor clerk, Golyadkin, driven to madness by poverty and unrequited love, beholds his own wraith, who succeeds in everything at which Golyadkin has failed. Finally the wraith succeeds in disposing of his original. An earlier, well-known story of a doppelganger appears in the novel Die Elixiere des Teufels, 2 vol. (1815-16; "The Devil's Elixir"), by the German writer of fantastic tales E.T.A. Hoffmann

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