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incubus

[ in-kyuh-buhs, ing- ]
/ 藞瑟n ky蓹 b蓹s, 藞瑟艐- /
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noun, plural in路cu路bi [in-kyuh-bahy, ing-], /藞瑟n ky蓹藢ba瑟, 藞瑟艐-/, in路cu路bus路es.
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.

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Origin of incubus

1175鈥1225; Middle English <Late Latin: a nightmare induced by such a demon, noun derivative of Latin incub膩re to lie upon; see incubate

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH incubus

incubus , succubus
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British Dictionary definitions for incubus

incubus
/ (藞瑟nkj蕣b蓹s) /

noun plural -bi (-藢ba瑟) or -buses
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 for incubus

C14: from Late Latin, from incub膩re to lie upon; see incubate
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Medical definitions for incubus

incubus
[ 沫nky蓹-b蓹s, 沫ng- ]

n. pl. in鈥u鈥us鈥s
An evil spirit believed to have sexual intercourse with women as they sleep.
A nightmare.
An oppressive or nightmarish burden.
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