Definitions

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

  • n. Islam The Devil; Satan.
  • n. An evil spirit; a fiend.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An evil djinn of Arab mythology, Satan, devil

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.
  • n. An evil spirit; the evil one; the devil.
  • n. One of bad disposition; a fiend.
  • n. A dust storm.

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

  • n. (Islam) a rebellious jinni who leads men astray

Etymologies

Arabic šayṭān, from Ethiopic śayṭān, from Aramaic sāṭānā, from Hebrew śāṭān; see śṭn in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Arabic شيطان (shayTān) (Satan, devil) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The true shaitan is not a posturing pretender to romantic rebellion, not a puffed-up fool in black and scarlet, but a harlequin in ragged motley, dark and light, grinning wickedly but with sorrow in his eyes.

    THE HALLS OF PENTHEUS -- PART ONE

  • It isn't until the Book of Chronicles, merely fourth century BC, that the word shaitan is used to mean a being, and not only an attribute of God. "

    The Satanic Verses

  • In calling him shaitan, "satan," people were not always speaking metaphorically.

    Igor Cherstich: Qaddafi Death Shows He Was Just a Man

  • I didn't know I was a son of Sodom, a sexual shaitan in the making, but I was already on the side of the rebels.

    THE HALLS OF PENTHEUS -- PART ONE

  • They're the shaitan seen as an integral part of religion as a dialectical process, a antithesis.

    THE HALLS OF PENTHEUS -- PART FIVE

  • No matter how much they mean well, they cannot fight the shaitan — the devil — that lives within.

    Beneath My Mother’s Feet

  • I stand in its ruins and I say, I'm the shaitan they hate, those fundamentalists and conservatives.

    Wisdom, Justice And Mercy

  • This is why I accept that scapegoat role, say, sure, OK, I'll be the shaitan.

    Wisdom, Justice And Mercy

  • I mean they don't use their blog as a front for holocaust deniers or to recruit girls to some apocalyptic nirvana a la Jim Jones or to push anorexia, push porn or promote shaitan - they're solid, not off their brain and by no means boring.

    Archive 2008-01-01

  • Either way, when he takes up his stick and starts heading for the seat of power he becomes the shaitan, the Enemy, the eternal Enemy.

    The Stain of Sin

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  • FreeRice.com says it means "demon."

    January 11, 2008