American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A spirit originally viewed as king of the demons in Jewish demonology and later as a mischievous sprite.
- 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)
“He whom we call Asmodeus, was named Hashmodaï or Chammadaï.”
“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).”
““Archdemon Asmodeus, aka Nathaniel,” Bath Kol murmured, bringing his hands close to the table.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Asmodeus" need not be of Iranian origin; but may just as readily be explained as Semitic.”
“Asmodeus," said Enan, "the great prince who, on his wing, bore Solomon from his kingdom to a distant strand.”
“Quebec, that 'Asmodeus' was under the malign influence of envy, hatred and all uncharitableness when he wrote those cynical verses.”
““Asmodeus, as you are aware, we are not allowed to kill her, so commanded the Dark Lord,” one bold demon hissed.”
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