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

  • n. A powerful evil spirit or gigantic and monstrous demon in Arabic mythology.

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  • n. Alternative spelling of ifrit.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as afrit.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as afrit.


Arabic 'ifrīt.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • Days when all that was right was wrong, and all that was wrong _was_ wrong, so that her women crept quietly, and Hahmed wondered sometimes if some "afreet" [1] haunted the soil and had taken possession of the soul of his beloved.

    Desert Love

  • “Why would an afreet leave a silver bangle?” the man next to me demanded.

    O Jerusalem

  • They thought I was an afreet; I was fortunate to get away with a few bruises. ‘’

    O Jerusalem

  • Certainly, if he did not disavow the child's bloodline rights, the kingdom could be in for a difficult and messy transi - tion, but that would not likely afreet Je'howith, who would probably be long dead by that time.


  • "You have proven yourself to be a neutral afreet," one of the other men spoke up.

    Blood Lines

  • "Please, afreet …" The leader spread his hands, his meaning plain.

    Blood Lines

  • "Now the tower in which Prince Kamar is confined hap - pens to be haunted by a female afreet, a supernatural being of the tribes of the jinn," the Computer Narrator contin - ued.

    Blue Adept

  • She encounters a male afreet, who informs her that he has found a mortal who is prettier than hers.

    Blue Adept

  • During the rest of the week, however, Nasreen would stalk the house warily, a pigeon of a woman walking on tiptoed feet through the gloom, as if she were afraid to disturb the shadowed silence; and her son, walking in her footsteps, also learned to lighten his footfall lest he rouse whatever goblin or afreet might be lying in wait.

    The Satanic Verses

  • Of course the one-thirtieth whereinto the multiform and elastic shape of genius was invited, like the afreet into his chest, to condense itself, had to be subdivided -- an intaglio and a temple, a scarabæus and a French battle-picture, being very different things.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 17, No. 099, March, 1876

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  • Merriam-Webster Dictionary:
    Etymology: Arabic ʽifrīt
    Date: 1786
    : a powerful evil jinni, demon, or monstrous giant in Arabic mythology
    Also seen as afrit

    February 10, 2008