from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. In Jewish folklore, the wandering soul of a dead person that enters the body of a living person and controls his or her behavior.
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- n. A malicious possessing spirit, believed to be the dislocated soul of a dead person.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. the wandering soul of a dead person, or a demon, that enters the body of a living person and controls that body's behavior. It may be exorcised by religious rites.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (Jewish folklore) a demon that enters the body of a living person and controls that body's behavior
The wife replies that her husband is mistaken, the relative has been dead for three years, and what her husband saw was a dybbuk a Yiddish word used in this context to mean “evil spirit”.
The surname, Dibbuk, refers to the Yiddish word dybbuk that the Encyclopedia Britannica defines as "a disembodied human spirit that, because of former sins, wanders restlessly until it finds a haven in the body of a living person."
A dybbuk is the spirit of a dead man that enters the body of another living being and possesses it.
"Just as the dybbuk is a confrontation between two identities within the same person, the dybbuk's outburst reflects a confrontation between the center and the periphery and a confrontation between cultures, East and West," she explains.
According to the kabbalist concept, the dybbuk is a soul - in most cases of a sinner - that has not found a home (it is in a liminal state) either in heaven or in hell.
In Jewish mythology, a dybbuk is a demonic spirit that inhabits a dead person.
Why else does the film begin with a hilarious but troubling parable about an ancient rabbi (Fyvush Finkel) who may or may not be inhabited by a wandering lost soul known as a dybbuk?
He himself was almost in the grip of a 'dybbuk' of documentation.
My favorite scene of the year is the opening "dybbuk" scene of A Serious Man.
Goyer, who will likely write and direct X-Men spinoff Magneto after launching his ABC series Flash Forward, found a fresh twist for The Unborn dybbuk spirits described in Jewish folklore.