from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The profoundly evil adversary of God and humanity, often identified with the leader of the fallen angels; the Devil.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. The supreme evil spirit in the Abrahamic religions, who tempts humanity and rules Hell; the Devil.
- proper n. The same figure, regarded as a deity to be revered and worshipped.
- proper n. A person or animal regarded as particularly malignant, detestable or evil; used as an epithet or as a name for an animal.
- n. A demon follower of Satan (principal evil spirit); a fallen angel.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The grand adversary of man; the Devil, or Prince of darkness; the chief of the fallen angels; the archfiend.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The chief evil spirit; the great adversary of man; the devil. See devil.
- n. Synonyms Apollyon. See definition of Belial.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (Judeo-Christian and Islamic religions) chief spirit of evil and adversary of God; tempter of mankind; master of Hell
Middle English, from Old English, from Late Latin Satān, from Greek Satanas, Satān, from Hebrew śāṭān, devil, adversary, from śāṭan, to accuse, act as adversary; see śṭn in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English Satan, from Latin Satān, from Ancient Greek Σατάν (Satan), from Hebrew שָׂטָן (Śāṭān, "adversary, accuser"). (Wiktionary)