- a demon in female form, said to have sexual intercourse with men in their sleep.Compare incubus(def 1).
- any demon or evil spirit.
- a strumpet or prostitute.
Origin of succubus
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Examples from the Web for succubi
They are apt to prove to be of the race of the succubi, from whom a kiss means death or worse.The Balladists
I page through the book, and my eye is caught by the part about Incubi and Succubi.Legends
Thus we are bound to believe in succubi and incubi, because our teachers have always believed in them.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 6 (of 10)
Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
During the witchcraft period familiarity of this nature with Incubi or Succubi was punished with death.Woman, Church & State
Matilda Joslyn Gage
The Egyptians drew a distinction and admitted of Incubi but not of Succubi.A History of The Inquisition of The Middle Ages; volume III
Henry Charles Lea
- Also called: succuba a female demon fabled to have sexual intercourse with sleeping menCompare incubus
- any evil demon
C16: from Medieval Latin, from Late Latin succuba harlot, from Latin succubāre to lie beneath, from sub- + cubāre to lie
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Word Origin and History for succubi
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