zad·​dik ˈtsä-dik How to pronounce zaddik (audio)
variants or
plural zaddikim or tzaddikim tsä-ˈdi-kəm How to pronounce zaddik (audio)
: a righteous and saintly person by Jewish religious standards
: the spiritual leader of a modern Hasidic community

Examples of zaddik in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Each time another hits, somewhere in the old Poland or Ukraine a hasid rocks more fervently, a zaddik rises from his prayers. Henry Shukman, The New Yorker, 23 Jan. 2023

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Word History


Yiddish tsadek, from Hebrew ṣaddīq just, righteous

First Known Use

1873, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of zaddik was in 1873

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“Zaddik.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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