- 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 succubus
You know he told me once that he had been attacked by a succubus [female demon].Murder, Sex, and the Writing Life: Norman Mailer’s Biography
Ronald K. Fried
November 19, 2013
I swear to you that the succubus came, irritant and palpable and most tenacious.L-bas
J. K. Huysmans
You were frighted by a vision, by a nightmare, by a succubus of the night.The Black Douglas
S. R. Crockett
The devil in this case acts the part of an incubus, but his performances as a succubus are more inconceivable.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 6 (of 10)
Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
There are no gorgons, hydras, chimras; no familiars; no incubus or succubus.History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume II (of 2)
John William Draper
At my side kept always the said Succubus, and her sweet, delectable embrace distilled new ardour into my members.Droll Stories, Complete
Honore de Balzac
- 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
Word Origin and History for succubus
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