American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Islam The Devil; Satan.
- n. An evil spirit; a fiend.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. colloq., colloq. An evil spirit; the evil one; the devil.
- n. colloq. One of bad disposition; a fiend.
- n. (Meteor.), India A dust storm.
- n. (Islam) a rebellious jinni who leads men astray
- From Arabic شيطان (shayTān) (Satan, devil) (Wiktionary)
- Arabic šayṭān, from Ethiopic śayṭān, from Aramaic sāṭānā, from Hebrew śāṭān; see śṭn in Semitic roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The true shaitan is not a posturing pretender to romantic rebellion, not a puffed-up fool in black and scarlet, but a harlequin in ragged motley, dark and light, grinning wickedly but with sorrow in his eyes.”
“It isn't until the Book of Chronicles, merely fourth century BC, that the word shaitan is used to mean a being, and not only an attribute of God. ”
“In calling him shaitan, "satan," people were not always speaking metaphorically.”
“I didn't know I was a son of Sodom, a sexual shaitan in the making, but I was already on the side of the rebels.”
“They're the shaitan seen as an integral part of religion as a dialectical process, a antithesis.”
“No matter how much they mean well, they cannot fight the shaitan — the devil — that lives within.”
“I stand in its ruins and I say, I'm the shaitan they hate, those fundamentalists and conservatives.”
“This is why I accept that scapegoat role, say, sure, OK, I'll be the shaitan.”
“I mean they don't use their blog as a front for holocaust deniers or to recruit girls to some apocalyptic nirvana a la Jim Jones or to push anorexia, push porn or promote shaitan - they're solid, not off their brain and by no means boring.”
“Either way, when he takes up his stick and starts heading for the seat of power he becomes the shaitan, the Enemy, the eternal Enemy.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘shaitan’.
A place for me to keep all these weird words, whether I guessed them correctly or not.
Hopefully, I'll be using this site for more than one year. It will be fun then to look back and see what new words I found worthy of notice in any given year.
All words spotted in 2008...
Interesting words you probably won't hear in your day-to-day.
Different names for Old Boy, and other demons that might possess us.
Looking for tweets for shaitan.