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).
something that weighs upon or oppresses one like a nightmare.
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- incubus , succubus
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How to use incubus in a sentence
She is betrayed in the usual manner, and finds, when too late, that she is embracing a hairy incubus which has a long tail.Ancient Faiths And Modern | Thomas Inman
Everything in life looked too bright since I succeeded in ridding myself of this incubus, and, then I found you.Forging the Blades | Bertram Mitford
Penniless and dclasse, the beautiful fugitive was an embarrassing incubus to her Roman relations.Court Beauties of Old Whitehall | W. R. H. Trowbridge
Even in times when we felt no personal danger, this incubus of savage life all around weighed on our hearts.Mary and I | Stephen Return Riggs
The Marconi scandal was an incubus which lay heavily on the Government throughout the year.Mr. Punch's History of Modern England Vol. IV of IV. | Charles L. Graves
British Dictionary definitions for incubus
a demon believed in folklore to lie upon sleeping persons, esp to have sexual intercourse with sleeping women: Compare succubus
something that oppresses, worries, or disturbs greatly, esp a nightmare or obsession
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