tzaddik

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Etymology[edit]

From Hebrew צַדִּיק (tsadík, righteous person). Many pronunciations have come under the influence of Yiddish צדיק (tsadek).

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  • IPA(key): /ˈtsɑː.diːk/, /ˈtsɑː.dək/, /ˈsɑː.dək/

Noun[edit]

tzaddik (plural tzaddiks or tzaddikim)

  1. (Judaism) A very righteous person, especially a Hassidic spiritual leader.
    • 1988, Christina Pribićević-Zorić, translating Milorad Pavić, Dictionary of the Khazars, Vintage 1989, p. 226:
      For in dreams one thinks with the eyes and the ears; speech has no nouns, just verbs; only in dreams is every person a zaddik, never a murderer….

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