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[suhk-yuh-buh s]
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noun, plural suc·cu·bi [suhk-yuh-bahy] /ˈsʌk yəˌbaɪ/.
  1. a demon in female form, said to have sexual intercourse with men in their sleep.Compare incubus(def 1).
  2. any demon or evil spirit.
  3. a strumpet or prostitute.
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Origin of succubus

1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin, variant of Latin succuba succuba; cf. incubus
Can be confusedincubus succubus
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Historical Examples

  • They are apt to prove to be of the race of the succubi, from whom a kiss means death or worse.

    The Balladists

    John Geddie

  • I page through the book, and my eye is caught by the part about Incubi and Succubi.


    August Strindberg

  • 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 &amp; State

    Matilda Joslyn Gage

  • The Egyptians drew a distinction and admitted of Incubi but not of Succubi.

British Dictionary definitions for succubi


noun plural -bi (-ˌbaɪ)
  1. Also called: succuba a female demon fabled to have sexual intercourse with sleeping menCompare incubus
  2. any evil demon
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Word Origin

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



late 14c., alteration (after incubus) of Late Latin succuba "strumpet," applied to a fiend in female form having intercourse with men in their sleep, from succubare "to lie under," from sub- "under" (see sub-) + cubare "to lie down" (see cubicle).

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