Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun In Abrahamic religions, a powerful spiritual being, the tempter and persecutor of humanity, sometimes considered as an angel who rebelled against God and became the Devil.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The chief evil spirit; the great adversary of man; the devil. See devil.
  • noun Synonyms Apollyon. See definition of Belial.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The grand adversary of man; the Devil, or Prince of darkness; the chief of the fallen angels; the archfiend.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • proper noun religion The supreme evil spirit in the Abrahamic religions, who tempts humanity and rules Hell; the Devil.
  • proper noun religion The same figure, regarded as a deity to be revered and worshipped.
  • proper noun A person or animal regarded as particularly malignant, detestable or evil; used as an epithet or as a name for an animal.
  • noun countable A demon follower of Satan (principal evil spirit); a fallen angel.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun (Judeo-Christian and Islamic religions) chief spirit of evil and adversary of God; tempter of mankind; master of Hell

Etymologies

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

[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.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Old English Satan, from Latin Satān, from Ancient Greek Σατάν (Satan), from Hebrew שָׂטָן (Śāṭān, "adversary, accuser").

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  • One sign declared DWIN WITE U.S.A., a worse spelling error than the 1999 banner—my favorite—that mangled the word Satan to declare: “Down with the Great Stain!”

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  • Until the Roman Christian era the term Satan had no sinister connotation whatsoever, and in biblical times, members of a political opposition party would have customarily been called “satans”

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  • The term Satan signifies an adversary, and is applied to any angel sent upon an errand of punishment For example, Numbers xxii.

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  • Thus we see, that the term Satan is in the Old Testament applied to any Angel of the Lord sent upon an errand of punishment.

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  • Ortega "attributed the offenses to his drug and alcohol use in addition to the voice in his head, which he identified as Satan," according to court documents.

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  • Ortega "attributed the offenses to his drug and alcohol use in addition to the voice in his head, which he identified as Satan," according to court documents.

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  • Judging by past similar affairs with people of his type, pretty soon the name "Satan" is bound to come up in this farce.

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