Origin of Shaitan

< Arabic Shayṭān, cognate with Hebrew śātān Satan Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for shaitan

Historical Examples of shaitan

  • Bid them pause, or I'll blow you all straight into the arms of Shaitan.

    The Sea-Hawk

    Raphael Sabatini

  • O God, defend the deceased from Shaitan (devil) and from the torments of the grave.

  • They sent me to beg you fairly to put up your little Shaitan again.

    A Modern Telemachus

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • Shaitan whined at the door, and the Gadfly rose to let him in.

    The Gadfly

    E. L. Voynich

  • As soon would they let loose in the world Shaitan and all the Jins.

    The Treasure of the Tigris

    A. F. Mockler Ferryman

British Dictionary definitions for shaitan


noun (in Muslim countries)

  1. Satan
  2. any evil spirit
  3. a vicious person or animal

Word Origin for Shaitan

C17: from Arabic shaytān, from Hebrew śātān; see Satan
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