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or af·rit

[af-reet, uh-freet]
noun Arabian Mythology.
  1. a powerful evil demon or monster.
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Origin of afreet

1795–1805; < dialectal Arabic ʿafrīt < Pahlavi āfrītan creature
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Examples from the Web for afreet

Historical Examples

  • Look upon him as an Afreet to be exorcised with a cross of red-hot iron.

    William Sharp (Fiona Macleod)

    Elizabeth A. Sharp

  • And the Moor's face was white, and his features trembled, as though he had seen an Afreet, but my face was as a deep well.

    The Arab's Pledge

    Edward L. Mitford

  • Af'rit or Afreet, a kind of Medusa or Lamia, the most terrible and cruel of all the orders of the deevs.

  • It seemed as if it might be a pillar of confinement and punishment for some Afreet who had defied Heaven.


    John William De Forest

British Dictionary definitions for afreet



  1. Arabian myth a powerful evil demon or giant monster
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Word Origin

C19: from Arabic `ifrīt
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