or af·rit

[af-reet, uh-freet]

noun Arabian Mythology.

a powerful evil demon or monster.

Origin of afreet

1795–1805; < dialectal Arabic ʿafrīt < Pahlavi āfrītan creature Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for afreet

Historical Examples of afreet

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

  • 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




Arabian myth a powerful evil demon or giant monster

Word Origin for afreet

C19: from Arabic `ifrīt
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