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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An evil or malevolent spirit.
  • n. The twelfth astrological House, from which only evil prognostics are alleged to proceed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An evil spirit; a devil or demon.
  • n. The nightmare.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An evil spirit; a devil.
  • n. In medicine, the nightmare.
  • n. In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.

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

  • n. an evil spirit

Etymologies

From Ancient Greek κακοδαίμων (kakodaimōn, "ill-starred"), from κακός (kakos, "bad") + δαίμων (daimōn, "genius, divinity"). (Wiktionary)

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