[ seyt-n ]
/ ˈseɪt n /


the chief evil spirit; the great adversary of humanity; the devil.

Origin of Satan

before 900; Middle English, Old English < Late Latin < Greek Satân, Satán < Hebrew śātān adversary


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British Dictionary definitions for satan

/ (ˈseɪtən) /


the devil, adversary of God, and tempter of mankind: sometimes identified with Lucifer (Luke 4:5–8)

Word Origin for Satan

Old English, from Late Latin, from Greek, from Hebrew: plotter, from sātan to plot against
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Cultural definitions for satan


The devil. In the Bible (see also Bible), Satan is identified with the tempter who encourages the fall of Adam and Eve; he is the accuser who torments Job in the hope that he will curse God; the one who offers Jesus all the kingdoms of the world if Jesus will worship him (see Get thee behind me, Satan); and the evil one who puts betrayal in the heart of Judas. Satan will one day be confined in hell, but until then he is free to roam the Earth.

notes for Satan

Satan is the power of darkness opposed to the light of Christ; he is thus sometimes referred to as the Prince of Darkness.

notes for Satan

Satan has been depicted in many ways: as a man with horns, goat hooves, a pointed tail, a pointed beard, and a pitchfork; as a dragon; and sometimes as an angel with large batlike wings.
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