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Examples of golem in a sentence
the supervisor was a golem who never had an unprogrammed thought in her life
Did You Know?
The Hebrew ancestor of the word golem meant "shapeless mass," and the original golems started as lumps of clay that were formed into figures and brought to life by means of a charm or a combination of letters forming a sacred word. In the Middle Ages, golems were thought to be the perfect servants; their only fault was that they were sometimes too literal or mechanical in fulfilling their masters' orders. In the 16th century, the golem was thought of as a protector of the Jews in times of persecution. But by the late 1800s, golem had acquired a less friendly second sense, referring to a man-made monster that inspired many of the back-from-the-dead creations of classic horror fiction.
Origin and Etymology of golem
Yiddish goylem, from Hebrew gōlem shapeless mass
First Known Use: 1897
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