from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An appearance or incarnation of Satan; the state of being possessed by a devil.


  • Your leading abolitionists are as much affected by satanophany as your leading confederates, nor are they one whit more philosophical or less sophistical.

    The American Republic : constitution, tendencies and destiny

  • If I did not know from revelation that the devil and his angels exist, I might observe the facts of satanophany, but I should not know whence they came or what they mean. I might be tempted, vexed, harassed, besieged, possessed, by evil spirits as the spiritists are; but I should be ignorant of the cause and utterly unable to explain my trouble or to ascribe it to any cause far less to satanic invasion.

    Paulist Fathers, Catholic World, Volume 9

  • He mutters an unintelligible incantation, as he gives them their hardly won freedom, some distance away; and thus, having prevailed upon these serpent deities to exert their influence with the beneficent powers in behalf of their worshippers for the ensuing year, this satanophany of paganism ends.

    Lue Ellen Teters, 'The Moqui Snake-Dance,' Godey's Magazine, June 1896


This word comes from the Hebrew word ‘satan,’ adversary, one who plots against another, and the Greek word ‘phainein,’ to show.