noun \ˈgō-ləm, ˈgi-, ˈgā-\

Definition of GOLEM

:  an artificial human being in Hebrew folklore endowed with life
:  something or someone resembling a golem: as
a :  automaton
b :  blockhead

Examples of GOLEM

  1. <the supervisor was a golem who never had an unprogrammed thought in her life>

Origin of GOLEM

Yiddish goylem, from Hebrew gōlem shapeless mass
First Known Use: 1897

Rhymes with GOLEM


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Golem (right) in the German film Der Golem (1920)—Courtesy of Friedrich-Wilhelm Murnau-Stiftung, Wiesbaden; photograph, Museum of Modern Art Film Stills Archive, New York

In Jewish folklore, an image that comes to life. From the Middle Ages stories were told of wise men who could bring clay effigies to life by means of magic charms or sacred words. Golems began as perfect servants, whose only fault lay in fulfilling their master's commands too literally or mechanically. Later golems were imagined as protectors of the Jews in times of persecution, but also had a frightening aspect.


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