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the chief evil jinni in Islamic mythology
Word Origin
Arabic Iblīs, from Greek diabolos slanderer, devil
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  • May Allah do more to me if my throat is not lined with the fires of eblis!

  • Dost know what awaits thee in the halls of thy master eblis?

    Alroy Benjamin Disraeli
  • So Gehenna did not die in vain, and we may take it that the discovery did not unduly depress eblis's wounded in hospital.

    Sea Warfare Rudyard Kipling
  • Stand aside, sons of eblis, or you shall bite the earth which curses you!'

    Tancred Benjamin Disraeli
  • Neither thou nor yet thy horse will have much rest this side of eblis!

    Rung Ho! Talbot Mundy
  • Vathek Beckford would have made them waterways to the Hall of eblis.

    France and the Republic William Henry Hurlbert
  • Says eblis: "I consider I must have considerably damaged this cruiser, as 20 feet of her side plating was left in my foc'sle."

    Sea Warfare Rudyard Kipling
  • Let those who cannot break it, beware, for eblis is near at hand.'

  • This is powerfully illustrated by the combat between the queen of Beauty and the son of eblis.

  • The erstwhile illuminated theatre is as dark as the Hall of eblis.

    Unicorns James Huneker
Word Origin and History for eblis


prince of the fallen angels in Arabic mythology and religion, from Arabic Iblis. Klein thinks this may be Greek diablos, passed through Syriac where the first syllable was mistaken for the Syriac genitive particle di and dropped.

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