Asmodeus

Asmodeus

[az-muh-dee-uhs, as-]
noun Jewish Demonology.
an evil spirit.

Origin:
< Latin Asmodaeus < Greek Asmodaîos < Hebrew ashmədhai

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Asmodeus (æsˈməʊdɪəs, ˌæsməʊˈdiːəs)
 
n
(in Jewish demonology) prince of the demons
 
[via Latin Asmodaeus, from Avestan Aēsma-daēva, spirit of anger]

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Asmodeus
evil spirit, prince of demons, from L. Asmodaeus, from Gk. Asmodaios, from Talmudic Heb. Ashmeday, from Avestan Aeshma-dæva, "Aeshma the deceitful," from aeshma "anger," daeva- "spirit, demon."
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asmodeus

in Jewish legend, the king of demons. According to the apocryphal book of Tobit, Asmodeus, smitten with love for Sarah, the daughter of Raguel, killed her seven successive husbands on their wedding nights. Following instructions given to him by the angel Raphael, Tobias overcame Asmodeus and married Sarah.

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