Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A spirit originally viewed as king of the demons in Jewish demonology and later as a mischievous sprite.

Etymologies

Medieval Latin Asmodaeus, from Mishnaic Hebrew 'ašməday, from Avestan Aēsma-daēva-, spirit of anger : aēšma-, anger; see eis- in Indo-European roots + daēva-, spirit, demon.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • He whom we call Asmodeus, was named Hashmodaï or Chammadaï.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • The (in) famous demon statue, life-size and crouching on one knee just inside the door, is usually referred to as Asmodeus (a demon who guards buried treasure).

    The Sion Revelation

  • “Archdemon Asmodeus, aka Nathaniel,” Bath Kol murmured, bringing his hands close to the table.

    Surrender the Dark

  • I pondered why a figure of a demon or devil called Asmodeus was at the entrance of the church and why there was a sign over the church entrance stating Terribilis est locus iste and generally translated as This place is terrible.

    Deception, Lies and Gullibility

  • The owner, a somewhat eccentric lady of stern and excruciating distinction, had eight or nine cats, one of whom, by name Asmodeus, was a tomcat, said to be unapproachable.

    So much tidier than bloodshed

  • Or, if you be daring enough to take a light from the flamer while he flames, you spoil your tobacco, foul your mouth, and get a taste of sulphur-suffocation such as Asmodeus might have were he to take a whiff of a smoke-and-fire belching chimney in the Black Country as he flies across that district by night.

    Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce

  • "Asmodeus" need not be of Iranian origin; but may just as readily be explained as Semitic.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 14: Simony-Tournon

  • "Asmodeus," said Enan, "the great prince who, on his wing, bore Solomon from his kingdom to a distant strand."

    The Book of Delight and Other Papers

  • Quebec, that 'Asmodeus' was under the malign influence of envy, hatred and all uncharitableness when he wrote those cynical verses.

    Picturesque Quebec : a sequel to Quebec past and present

  • “Asmodeus, as you are aware, we are not allowed to kill her, so commanded the Dark Lord,” one bold demon hissed.

    Surrender the Dark

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