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[az-muh-dee-uh s, as-]
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noun Jewish Demonology.
  1. an evil spirit.

Origin of Asmodeus

< Latin Asmodaeus < Greek Asmodaîos < Hebrew ashmədhai
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Examples from the Web for asmodeus

Historical Examples

  • Like the cloak of Asmodeus, it was covered over with figures.

    Leading Articles on Various Subjects

    Hugh Miller

  • Aeshma, later Asmodeus, may be named; he is one of the Drvants, or storm-fiends.

  • Had the real horned Asmodeus walked in, the agitation could not have been greater.

    Ghetto Comedies</p>

    Israel Zangwill

  • His 'Asmodeus,' on the tongue of the world, might be doing the part of Mentor really.

  • Benfey identified Asmodeus as Zend Aêshma-daêva, demon of lust.

    Demonology and Devil-lore

    Moncure Daniel Conway

British Dictionary definitions for asmodeus


  1. (in Jewish demonology) prince of the demons

Word Origin

via Latin Asmodaeus, from Avestan Aēsma-daēva, spirit of anger
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Word Origin and History for asmodeus


evil spirit, prince of demons, from Latin Asmodaeus, from Greek Asmodaios, from Talmudic Hebrew Ashmeday, from Avestan Aeshma-dæva, "Aeshma the deceitful," from aeshma "anger," daeva- "spirit, demon."

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