from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In Arabian myth., a powerful evil demon or monster. Also written
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Moham. Myth.) A powerful evil jinnee, demon, or monstrous giant.
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- noun Alternative spelling of
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We've seen an afrit in an episode of 'The X-Files'.
From information in The Arabian Nights, marid seem to be the strongest form of jinn, followed by afrit, and then the rest of the jinn.
A column of black smoke marched into the sky, growing taller and taller, mingling with the smoke closer at hand: some released afrit joining its fellows.
The Omdeh, or headman, of the village of Chaghb, not far from Luxor, submitted an official complaint to the police a short time ago against an _afrit_ or devil which was doing much mischief to him and his neighbours, snatching up oil-lamps and pouring the oil over the terrified villagers, throwing stones at passers-by, and so forth.
Hassan in frequently going to sleep in one town, to awake in another far distant, but without the benighted Oriental's surprise at the transfer, the afrit who performed this prodigy being a steam-engine, and the magician it obeyed the human mind.
It was not that the old afrit, the uncle of the Emîr, had beaten him, nor that his back was sore, but that the Emîr himself had refused his services, which so appalled him.
They said the afrit in this case always appeared at the corner of the Government garden, which is on the left of the road, and about five or six hundred yards from the bridge.
In our Shoobra house, the gardener would not sleep alone downstairs, because he said an afrit (devil) walked about the hall at night.
A cat less agile than the rest of his species had been known to entangle himself in the little swing window, and to hang there all the night, sending forth unearthly caterwaulings, to the unspeakable terror of Miss Wendover's guest, unfamiliar with the mechanism of the room, and wondering what breed of Hampshire demon or afrit was thus making night hideous.
It will appear below that it has been a terrible afrit, a demon which promised service but which became a master.