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 (dĭb′o͝ok, dē-bo͞ok′)
n. pl. dyb·buks or dyb·buk·im (dĭ-bo͝ok′ĭm, dē′bo͞o-kēm′)
In Jewish folklore, the wandering soul of a dead person that enters the body of a living person and controls his or her behavior.

[Yiddish dibek, from Hebrew dibbūq, probably from dābaq, to cling; see dbq in Semitic roots.]


(ˈdɪbək; Hebrew diˈbuk)
n, pl -buks or -bukkim (Hebrew -buˈkim)
(Judaism) Judaism (in the folklore of the cabala) the soul of a dead sinner that has transmigrated into the body of a living person
[from Yiddish dibbūk devil, from Hebrew dibbūq; related to dābhaq to hang on, cling]


(ˈdɪb ək)

(in Jewish folklore) a demon, or the soul of a dead person, that enters the body of a living person and directs the person's conduct, exorcism being possible only by a religious ceremony.
[1900–05; < Yiddish]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dybbuk - (Jewish folklore) a demon that enters the body of a living person and controls that body's behavior
folklore - the unwritten lore (stories and proverbs and riddles and songs) of a culture
Judaism - the monotheistic religion of the Jews having its spiritual and ethical principles embodied chiefly in the Torah and in the Talmud
daemon, daimon, demon, devil, fiend - an evil supernatural being
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Dybuk aneb bludna duse [Dybbuk or the Wanderinf Soul].
Aside from an Israeli production of Herb Gardner's I'm Not Rapaport (The Yiddish Theater of Israel) and an American production of Miriam Hoffman's Appointment with God (Joseph Papp Yiddish Theater), the Jewish Theater (Teatr Zydowski) offered little more than its usual repertoire of cabarets based on Fiddler on the Roof (enormously popular in Poland), Anski's Dybuk, and a program based on Chagall's shtetl paintings called The Enchanted World.
This mainly female teenage ensemble is reminiscent of early Dybuk in its faux naive style, but musically it relies more on rock.