[ suhk-yuh-buhs ]
/ ˈsʌk yə bəs /
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noun, plural suc·cu·bi [suhk-yuh-bahy]. /ˈsʌk yəˌbaɪ/.
a demon in female form, said to have sexual intercourse with men in their sleep.Compare incubus (def. 1).
any demon or evil spirit.
Archaic. a strumpet; prostitute.
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Origin of succubus
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH succubusincubus, succubus
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How to use succubus in a sentence
Then he passes to the middle ages, and dwells upon the popular belief in incubi and succubi.A Problem in Modern Ethics|John Addington Symonds
Imps, male and female, called incubi and succubi respectively, were supposed to be the active agents in producing the affection.Sleep and Its Derangements|William A. Hammond
I page through the book, and my eye is caught by the part about Incubi and Succubi.Legends|August Strindberg
In those intellectual days people believed in what were called the Incubi and the Succubi.The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 4 (of 12)|Robert G. Ingersoll
During the witchcraft period familiarity of this nature with Incubi or Succubi was punished with death.Woman, Church & State|Matilda Joslyn Gage
British Dictionary definitions for succubus
/ (ˈsʌkjʊbəs) /
noun plural -bi (-ˌbaɪ)
Also called: succuba a female demon fabled to have sexual intercourse with sleeping menCompare incubus
any evil demon
Word Origin for succubus
C16: from Medieval Latin, from Late Latin succuba harlot, from Latin succubāre to lie beneath, from sub- + cubāre to lie
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