incubus


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in·cu·bus

 (ĭn′kyə-bəs, ĭng′-)
n. pl. in·cu·bus·es or in·cu·bi (-bī′)
1. An evil spirit supposed to descend upon and have sexual intercourse with women as they sleep.
2. A nightmare.
3. An oppressive or nightmarish burden.

[Middle English, from Late Latin, alteration of Latin incubō, from incubāre, to lie down on; see incubate.]

incubus

(ˈɪnkjʊbəs)
n, pl -bi (-ˌbaɪ) or -buses
1. (European Myth & Legend) a demon believed in folklore to lie upon sleeping persons, esp to have sexual intercourse with sleeping women. Compare succubus
2. something that oppresses, worries, or disturbs greatly, esp a nightmare or obsession
[C14: from Late Latin, from incubāre to lie upon; see incubate]

in•cu•bus

(ˈɪn kyə bəs, ˈɪŋ-)

n., pl. -bi (-ˌbaɪ)
-bus•es.
1. an evil spirit supposed to descend upon sleeping persons, esp. one fabled to have sexual intercourse with sleeping women. Compare succubus (def. 1).
3. something that oppresses one like a nightmare.
[1175–1225; Middle English < Late Latin: a nightmare induced by such a demon]

incubus

a demon alleged to lie upon people in their sleep and especially to tempt women to sexual relations. — incubi, n. pl.
See also: Demons

incubus


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A demon sent by the Devil to have sexual intercourse with sleeping women. Incubi are sex elementals and may be half human, half animal.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.incubus - a male demon believed to lie on sleeping persons and to have sexual intercourse with sleeping women
daemon, daimon, demon, devil, fiend - an evil supernatural being
2.incubus - a situation resembling a terrifying dreamincubus - a situation resembling a terrifying dream
situation - a complex or critical or unusual difficulty; "the dangerous situation developed suddenly"; "that's quite a situation"; "no human situation is simple"
3.incubus - someone who depresses or worries others
disagreeable person, unpleasant person - a person who is not pleasant or agreeable
Translations
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incubus

[ˈɪŋkjʊbəs] N (incubuses or incubi (pl)) [ˈɪŋkjʊˌbaɪ]íncubo m

incubus

n
(= demon)Alp m
(= burden)Albtraum m, → Alptraum m, → drückende Last
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The time for paying the interest on the mortgage, that incubus that had crushed all the joy out of the Randall household, had come and gone, and there was no possibility, for the first time in fourteen years, of paying the required forty-eight dollars.
The little store of sovereigns in the tin box seemed to be the only sight that brought a faint beam of pleasure into the miller's eyes,--faint and transient, for it was soon dispelled by the thought that the time would be long--perhaps longer than his life,--before the narrow savings could remove the hateful incubus of debt.
Relieved from this incubus, the little party now went on cheerily.
Instead of letting her take herself off to some other house, as she offered to do when I married, I was fool enough to ask her to live here still, and direct the affairs of the house for me; because, in the first place, I hoped we should spend the greater part of the year, in town, and in the second place, being so young and inexperienced, I was frightened at the idea of having a houseful of servants to manage, and dinners to order, and parties to entertain, and all the rest of it, and I thought she might assist me with her experience; never dreaming she would prove a usurper, a tyrant, an incubus, a spy, and everything else that's detestable.
He was appalled at the problem confronting him, weighted down by the incubus of his working-class station.
Never, on any previous occasion, had he practiced more successfully the social art which he habitually cultivated -- the art of casting himself on society in the character of a well-bred Incubus, and conferring an obligation on his fellow-creatures by allowing them to sit under him.
So spake the old Serpent, doubting, and from all With clamour was assured their utmost aid At his command; when from amidst them rose Belial, the dissolutest Spirit that fell, The sensualest, and, after Asmodai, The fleshliest Incubus, and thus advised:-- "Set women in his eye and in his walk, Among daughters of men the fairest found.
The incubus of legs and chelae and vital organs will be removed.
My wealthy relative's cheque--henceforth, the incubus of my existence-- warns me that I have not done with this record of violence yet.
The paralysis it occasioned in his system, was like the effect of the incubus.
Relieved of the incubus that had fastened upon him for so long a time, and of the dreadful apprehensions under which he had lived, he is hardly the same person.
An irrepressible tremor gradually pervaded my frame; and, at length, there sat upon my very heart an incubus of utterly causeless alarm.