incubus

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Incubus \In"cu*bus\, noun; pl. E. {Incubuses}, L. {Incubi}. [L., the nightmare. Cf. {Incubate}.]

1. A demon; a fiend; a lascivious spirit, supposed to have sexual intercourse with women by night. --Tylor.

The devils who appeared in the female form were generally called succubi; those who appeared like men incubi, though this distinction was not always preserved. --Lecky.

2. (Med.) The nightmare. See {Nightmare}.

Such as are troubled with incubus, or witch-ridden, as we call it. --Burton.

3. Any oppressive encumbrance or burden; anything that prevents the free use of the faculties.

Debt and usury is the incubus which weighs most heavily on the agricultural resources of Turkey. --J. L. Farley.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

incubus

noun

1: a male demon believed to lie on sleeping persons and to have sexual intercourse with sleeping women

2: a situation resembling a terrifying dream [syn: {nightmare}, {incubus}]

3: someone who depresses or worries others


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