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or dib·buk

[Sephardic Hebrew dee-book; Ashkenazic Hebrew, English dib-uh k]
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noun, plural dyb·buks, dyb·bu·kim [Sephardic Hebrew dee-boo-keem; Ashkenazic Hebrew dih-boo k-im] /Sephardic Hebrew ˌdi buˈkim; Ashkenazic Hebrew dɪˈbʊk ɪm/. Jewish Folklore.
  1. 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.
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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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Related Words for dybbuk

rogue, scamp, ogre, imp, dastard, adversary, brute, beast, knave, villain, Lucifer, Satan, hellion, fiend, genie, scoundrel, monster, Beelzebub, Mephistopheles, djinn

British Dictionary definitions for dybbuk


noun plural -buks or -bukkim (Hebrew -buˈkim)
  1. Judaism (in the folklore of the cabala) the soul of a dead sinner that has transmigrated into the body of a living person
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Word Origin for dybbuk

from Yiddish dibbūk devil, from Hebrew dibbūq; related to dābhaq to hang on, cling
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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."

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