Definition of doppelgänger
- said she had seen his doppelgänger
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In the story, the character is haunted by a doppelgänger.
at the mall today I saw someone who could be your doppelgänger
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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.
First Known Use: 1851See Words from the same year
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to lessen the seriousness or strength of
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