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

  • n. The Devil; Satan. See Regional Note at Old Scratch.

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  • proper n. The devil; Satan

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the evil one; the devil.
  • adj. the devil.

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


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  • I'd back him against Old Nick himself for snow-bucking and ice-travel.


  • Sir Clement very much approved of the proposal; and we then went into the house, where he had a very grave reception from Mrs. Mirvan, who is by no means pleased with his visit, and a look of much discontent from Madame Duval, who said to me in a low voice, "I'd as soon have seen Old Nick as that man, for he's the most impertinentest person in the world, and isn't never of my side."

    Evelina: or, The History of a Young Lady's Entrance Into the World


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