Dybbuk



[Sephardic Hebrew dee-book; Ashkenazic Hebrew, English dib-uh k] /Sephardic Hebrew diˈbuk; Ashkenazic Hebrew, English ˈdɪb ək/

noun, plural dybbuks, dybbukim
[Sephardic Hebrew dee-boo-keem; Ashkenazic Hebrew dih-boo k-im] /Sephardic Hebrew ˌdi buˈkim; Ashkenazic Hebrew dɪˈbʊk ɪm/ (Show IPA). 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.
/ˈdɪbək; Hebrew diˈbuk/
noun (pl) -buks, -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
n.

“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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