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Examples of doppelgänger in a Sentence
In the story, the character is haunted by a doppelgänger.
at the mall today I saw someone who could be your doppelgänger
Recent Examples of doppelgänger from the Web
The term that ended this week revealed that Justice Gorsuch is no Scalia doppelganger.
The events of The Ornithologist get more enigmatic too, as Fernando encounters several miracles, Jesus's doppelganger, and a trio of topless, Latin-speaking huntresses.
But send Iguodala and Livingston doppelgangers to Cleveland and that would work, too.
Investigators discovered that the crime Jones was convicted of was very likely committed by another man — his doppelganger with a somewhat-similar first name.
But Jones was released from prison June 8 after a team from the University of Kansas' Project for Innocence found his doppelganger.
The revelation led a judge to order Jones’ release, raising the unsettling question: What if your doppelganger commits a crime?
Jones, serving his 17th year in prison for purse snatching, informed his lawyers, who learned the doppelganger lived near the area where the crime occurred.
On top of being doppelgangers, the other man had the similar-sounding name of Rick.
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According to age-old German folklore, all living creatures have a spirit double who is invisible but identical to the living individual. These second selves are perceived as being distinct from ghosts (which appear only after death), and sometimes they are described as the spiritual opposite or negative of their human counterparts. In 1796, German writer Johann Paul Richter, who wrote under the pseudonym Jean Paul, coined the word Doppelgänger (from doppel-, meaning "double," and -gänger, meaning "goer") to refer to such specters.
Origin and Etymology of doppelgänger
German Doppelgänger, from doppel- double + -gänger goer
First Known Use: 1851See Words from the same year
DOPPELGÄNGER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of doppelgänger for English Language Learners
: someone who looks like someone else
: a ghost that looks like a living person
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