[Sephardic Hebrew dee-book; Ashkenazic Hebrew, English dib-uh k]
- 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.
Origin of dybbuk
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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- 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
Word Origin and History for dybbuk
"malevolent spirit of a dead person possessing the body of a living one," 1903, from Jewish folklore, from Hebrew dibbuk, from dabak "to cling, cleave to."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper