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In Jewish folklore, an artificially created human supernaturally endowed with life.

[Hebrew gōlem, lump, clod, fool, from gālam, to wrap up; see glm in Semitic roots.]


(Non-European Myth & Legend) (in Jewish legend) an artificially created human being brought to life by supernatural means
[from Yiddish goylem, from Hebrew gōlem formless thing]


(ˈgoʊ ləm, -lɛm)

(in Jewish folklore) a figure artificially constructed in the form of a human being and endowed with life.
[1895–1900; (< Yiddish goylem) < Hebrew gōlem shapeless thing]
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Noun1.golem - (Jewish folklore) an artificially created human being that is given life by supernatural meansgolem - (Jewish folklore) an artificially created human being that is given life by supernatural means
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
mythical being - an imaginary being of myth or fable
2.golem - a mechanism that can move automaticallygolem - a mechanism that can move automatically
android, humanoid, mechanical man - an automaton that resembles a human being
mechanism - device consisting of a piece of machinery; has moving parts that perform some function
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Golem as Gentile, Golem as Sabra: an analysis of the manipulation of stereotypes of self and other in literary treatments of a legendary Jewish figure.
To prove its case, the golem needs to take a bigger bite out of the elephant.
Pero sus enemigos se encargaron de mantenerlo fuera de Praga y, el viernes por la tarde, el Golem enloquecio y procedio a destruir con furia ciega cuanto hallaba a su paso.
The authors argue that, since Eliot had little direct contact with Jewish works, her incorporation of the concept of the golem into her fiction is primarily due to her familiarity with Romantic writers, who, Nurbhai and Newton insist, used Jewish myth as a frequent thematic device.
Advertised as the Jewish medieval monster, the Golem is used to attract a huge crowd, as well as being used by the local ball team owner to whip up even more frenzy and vitriol against the traveling team.
Like alchemy, the rabbi, and the Golem, that clock is a constant presence in the novel, which mixes the historical with the fantastical.
In his following book, Three Month Fever, a serial-killing gay golem (Andrew Cunanan) reveals the twisted machinations of his mind.
Golem LLC Fine Art Gallery and Framing recently held an Andy Warhol life and times birthday celebration, featuring limited-edition photographs by Christian Lepanto.
La Cabala practica nos presenta un universo de reflexiones misticas, entre las cuales se destaca la preceptiva para la creacion del Golem, un simulacro hecho por el hombre, que viene a constituirse en el doppelganger de su hacedor, en una via de expiacion para la humanidad.
In the five-act drama Der Golem in Bayreuth, studded with parodies of Wagner's Parsifal, choruses of young boys, seven cabalists, and the Festspiel society, Berkewicz uses popular and traditional music combined with familiar alienation techniques to explore questions of identity and transcendence in the Judeo-Christian setting.
Demoted from her bureaucratic job in New York City's Kafkaesque Department of Disbursements and Receipts, Puttermesser accidentally creates a golem, Xanthippe (after Socrates' wife), whose superpowers manage to get Puttermesser elected as mayor of New York.
In Intelligence, there is a brilliant scene in which a robot named Golem winds down one corridor and over to another, while a video monitor installed on its "head" has a commentary ruminating about the differences between human and mechanical thought: we have common sense, for example.