dyb·​buk | \ ˈdi-bək How to pronounce dybbuk (audio) \
plural dybbukim\ ˌdi-​bu̇-​ˈkēm How to pronounce dybbuk (audio) \ also dybbuks

Definition of dybbuk

: a wandering soul believed in Jewish folklore to enter and control a living body until exorcised by a religious rite

Examples of dybbuk in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When a little girl named Em unleashes a demon called the dybbuk—the taker of children—and becomes possessed, a series of scream-out-loud moments follow. 2. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "15 Best Halloween Movies On Netflix Right Now," 8 Oct. 2014 The 48-minute, nine-part ballet takes its musical and choreographic impetus from the notion of the dybbuk, a lost and restless spirit found in Central-European Jewish folklore. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, "A Celebration of Jerome Robbins," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of dybbuk

circa 1903, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dybbuk

Yiddish dibek, from Late Hebrew dibbūq

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“Dybbuk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dybbuk. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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