- a proud, rebellious archangel, identified with Satan, who fell from heaven.
- the planet Venus when appearing as the morning star.
- (lowercase) friction match.
Origin of Lucifer
Examples from the Web for lucifer
Contemporary Examples of lucifer
In explaining him, some Yezidis likened him to Lucifer, whom the main Abrahamic traditions regard as the devil.Fighting Back With Faith: Inside the Yezidis’ Iraqi Temple
August 21, 2014
The star fell from grace like a leather jogging pant-clad, tattooed Lucifer.Justin Bieber’s No Good, Very Bad Year: Alleged Prostitutes, Reckless Driving, and More
December 13, 2013
And in her, the castles every story, was just another chamber of Lucifer's Laboratory.Facebook Post By Chardon Ohio High School Shooting Suspect T.J. Lane
February 27, 2012
The author of I, Lucifer crafts a werewolf novel that is intelligent, fast-moving, creative, and thrilling.This Week’s Hot Reads
The Daily Beast
July 6, 2010
Historical Examples of lucifer
I went away for five months once, before Lucifer was more than a year old.Concerning Cats
Helen M. Winslow
I should as soon have expected you to have given us Lucifer!Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
His wife was as proud as Lucifer—the daughter of some green-grocer, of course.Capt'n Davy's Honeymoon
Arnold was of course with Michael heart and soul, and was only interested in our Lucifer.Views and Reviews
William Ernest Henley
These were Lucifer and his potentates, who had contrived to subdue the tempest.The Sleeping Bard
- a friction match: originally a trade name for a match manufactured in England in the 19th century
- the leader of the rebellion of the angels: usually identified with Satan
- the planet Venus when it rises as the morning star
Word Origin for Lucifer
Belief that it was the proper name of Satan began with its use in Bible to translate Greek Phosphoros, which translates Hebrew Helel ben Shahar in Isaiah xiv:12 -- "How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!" [KJV] Because of the mention of a fall from Heaven, the verse was interpreted by Christians as a reference to Satan, even though it is literally a reference to the King of Babylon (cf. Isaiah xiv:4).
Lucifer match "friction match" is from 1831. Adjectival forms include Luciferian, Luciferine, Luciferous. There was a noted Bishop Lucifer of Cagliari in Sardinia in the 4th century, regarded locally as a saint.
Another name for Satan.
A name, traditional in Christianity, for the leader of the devils, an angel who was cast from heaven into hell because he rebelled against God. Lucifer is usually identified with Satan. The name Lucifer, which means “bearer of light” or “morning star,” refers to his former splendor as the greatest of the angels.