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 (shī-tän′, shā-)
n. Islam
1. Shaitan The Devil; Satan.
2. An evil spirit.

[Arabic šayṭān, from Ge'ez śayṭān, from Aramaic sāṭānā, from Hebrew śāṭān; see śṭn in Semitic roots.]


(in Muslim countries) n
a. Satan
b. any evil spirit
c. a vicious person or animal
[C17: from Arabic shaytān, from Hebrew śātān; see Satan]


or Shei•tan


(in Islam) Satan; the devil.
[< Arabic Shayṭān, c. Hebrew śātān Satan]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.shaitan - (Islam) a rebellious jinni who leads men astray
Mohammedanism, Muhammadanism, Muslimism, Islam, Islamism - the monotheistic religious system of Muslims founded in Arabia in the 7th century and based on the teachings of Muhammad as laid down in the Koran; "Islam is a complete way of life, not a Sunday religion"; "the term Muhammadanism is offensive to Muslims who believe that Allah, not Muhammad, founded their religion"
djinn, djinni, djinny, genie, jinnee, jinni - (Islam) an invisible spirit mentioned in the Koran and believed by Muslims to inhabit the earth and influence mankind by appearing in the form of humans or animals
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Growing up I used to enjoy the Moghamereen ElKhamsa adventures by Mahmoud Salem (he made them travel all over), and the Shayateen 13 series by him too.
Eblis, the only name of jinn mentioned in The Quran, is the father of Shayateens (English: Satans), and is considered one of the kafirs (English: Unbelievers) as stated in Surah Al-Hijr (15: 27), Surah Al-Kahf (18: 50), Surah Saba' (34: 20-21), and Al-zabidi (34: 372).
Unbelievers are called shayateens (Ibn Kathir 6: 242).