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[jek-uh l, jee-kuh l] /ˈdʒɛk əl, ˈdʒi kəl/

a person marked by dual personality, one aspect of which is good and the other bad.
/ˈdʒɛkəl; haɪd/

in reference to opposite aspects of a person’s character, from Robert Louis Stevenson’s story, “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” published 1886. The surname Jekyll is of Breton origin and was originally a personal name.

“Though so profound a double-dealer, I was in no sense a hypocrite. Both sides of me were in dead earnest; I was no more myself when I laid aside restraint and plunged in shame, than when I labored, in the eye of day, at the furtherance of knowledge or the relief of sorrow and suffering.” [Robert Louis Stevenson, “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” 1886]

A personality alternating between good and evil behavior, as in You never know whether Bob will be a Jekyll or a Hyde . This expression comes from Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886). Also see lead a double life


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