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Lucifer vs. Satan

Lucifer vs. Satan: What's the difference?

Both Lucifer and Satan are names for the devil, the personification of evil. Satan is seen as a fallen angel and the adversary of humanity and God in Christianity and Islam, but as an entity subservient to God in Judaism. Lucifer is a mythological figure whose name was later adopted into Christianity to refer to Satan. The connection between the two figures was popularized by John Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost.

[ loo-suh-fer ]
  1. a proud, rebellious archangel, identified with Satan, who fell from heaven.
  2. the planet Venus when appearing as the morning star.
  3. friction match.
[ seyt-n ]
  1. the chief evil spirit; the great adversary of humanity; the devil.

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