- 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 incubus
I now began to despise my body—I almost hated it as an incubus!The Prodigal Returns
Three times she strove to throw off the incubus, to speak, but in vain.At Pinney's Ranch
It relates that one night Incubus invaded a certain lady's bedroom.
But Incubus told her if she would so forsake him, he would be revenged upon her.
It has been an incubus of discouragement in all intellectual pursuits.Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women
George Sumner Weaver
- 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 incubus
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.