zaddik

noun
zad·​dik | \ ˈtsä-dik How to pronounce zaddik (audio) \
variants: or
plural zaddikim or tzaddikim\ tsä-​ˈdi-​kəm How to pronounce zaddik (audio) \

Definition of zaddik

1 : a righteous and saintly person by Jewish religious standards
2 : the spiritual leader of a modern Hasidic community

First Known Use of zaddik

1873, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for zaddik

Yiddish tsadek, from Hebrew ṣaddīq just, righteous

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“Zaddik.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zaddik. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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