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afreet

or af·rit

[ af-reet, uh-freet ]
/ ˈæf rit, əˈfrit /
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noun Arabian Mythology.

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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Example sentences from the Web for afreet

  • 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.

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

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

    Overland|John William De Forest

British Dictionary definitions for afreet

afreet

afrit

/ (ˈæfriːt, əˈfriːt) /

noun

Arabian myth a powerful evil demon or giant monster

Word Origin for afreet

C19: from Arabic `ifrīt
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