- an imaginary demon or evil spirit supposed to descend upon sleeping persons, especially one fabled to have sexual intercourse with women during their sleep.Compare succubus(def 1).
- a nightmare.
- something that weighs upon or oppresses one like a nightmare.
Origin of incubus
Examples from the Web for incubi
He is in the power of the incubi, whom he has been so long warring against.
I page through the book, and my eye is caught by the part about Incubi and Succubi.Legends
The Fairies marry not; but there be amongst them Incubi, that have copulation with flesh and bloud.Leviathan
Thus we are bound to believe in succubi and incubi, because our teachers have always believed in them.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 6 (of 10)
Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
During the witchcraft period familiarity of this nature with Incubi or Succubi was punished with death.Woman, Church & State
Matilda Joslyn Gage
- a demon believed in folklore to lie upon sleeping persons, esp to have sexual intercourse with sleeping womenCompare succubus
- something that oppresses, worries, or disturbs greatly, esp a nightmare or obsession
Word Origin and History for incubi
c.1200, from Late Latin (Augustine), from Latin incubo "nightmare, one who lies down on (the sleeper)," from incubare "to lie upon" (see incubate). Plural is incubi. In the Middle Ages their existence was recognized by law.
- An evil spirit believed to have sexual intercourse with women as they sleep.
- A nightmare.
- An oppressive or nightmarish burden.