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Meaning of INCUBUS

Pronunciation:  'inkyubus

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a male demon believed to lie on sleeping persons and to have sexual intercourse with sleeping women
  2. [n]  someone who depresses or worries others
  3. [n]  a situation resembling a terrifying dream

INCUBUS is a 7 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: nightmare
 See Also: daemon, daimon, demon, devil, disagreeable person, fiend, situation, state of affairs, unpleasant person



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\In"cu*bus\, n.; 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.

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