Lucifer

Lucifer

[loo-suh-fer]
noun
1.
a proud, rebellious archangel, identified with Satan, who fell from heaven.
2.
the planet Venus when appearing as the morning star.
3.
(lowercase) friction match.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English, Old English < Latin: morning star, literally, light-bringing, equivalent to lūci- (stem of lūx) light + -fer -fer

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lucifer (ˈluːsɪfə)
 
n
a friction match: originally a trade name for a match manufactured in England in the 19th century

Lucifer (ˈluːsɪfə)
 
n
1.  the leader of the rebellion of the angels: usually identified with Satan
2.  the planet Venus when it rises as the morning star
 
[Old English, from Latin Lūcifer, light-bearer, from lūx light + ferre to bear]

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Lucifer
O.E. Lucifer "Satan," also "morning star," from L. Lucifer "morning star," lit. "light-bringing," from lux (gen. lucis) + ferre "carry" (see infer). Belief that it was the proper name of Satan began with its used in Bible to translate Gk. Phosphoros, which translates Heb.
Helel ben Shahar in Isaiah xiv.12 -- "How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!" [KJV] The verse was interpreted by Christians as a reference to "Satan," because of the mention of a fall from Heaven, even though it is literally a reference to the King of Babylon (cf. Isaiah xiv.4). Lucifer match "friction match" is from 1831.
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Lucifer definition


Another name for Satan.

Lucifer definition


A name, traditional in Christianity, for the leader of the devils, an angel who was cast from heaven into hell because he rebelled against God. Lucifer is usually identified with Satan. The name Lucifer, which means “bearer of light” or “morning star,” refers to his former splendor as the greatest of the angels.

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Lucifer definition


brilliant star, a title given to the king of Babylon (Isa. 14:12) to denote his glory.

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