dybbuk

[Sephardic Hebrew dee-book; Ashkenazic Hebrew, English dib-uhk]
noun, plural dybbuks, dybbukim [Sephardic Hebrew dee-boo-keem; Ashkenazic Hebrew dih-book-im] . Jewish Folklore.
a demon, or the soul of a dead person, that enters the body of a living person and directs the person's conduct, exorcism being possible only by a religious ceremony.
Also, dibbuk.


Origin:
1900–05; < Yiddish dibek < Hebrew dibbūq, derivative of dābhaq cleave (to); spelling dybbuk is a Pol transliteration of the Heb word

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dybbuk (ˈdɪbək, Hebrew diˈbuk)
 
n , pl -buks, -bukkim
Judaism (in the folklore of the cabala) the soul of a dead sinner that has transmigrated into the body of a living person
 
[from Yiddish dibbūk devil, from Hebrew dibbūq; related to dābhaq to hang on, cling]

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dybbuk
1903, "malevolent spirit of a dead person possessing the body of a living one," from Jewish folklore, from Heb. dibbuk, from dabak "to cling, cleave to."
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His shining moment comes when he exorcises a dybbuk who takes possession of the bride during the ceremony.
But the dybbuk does not acknowledge that it has been appeased.
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