afreet

[af-reet, uh-freet]
noun Arabian Mythology.
a powerful evil demon or monster.
Also, afrit.


Origin:
1795–1805; < dialectal Arabic ʿafrīt < Pahlavi āfrītan creature

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afreet or afrit (ˈæfriːt, əˈfriːt, ˈæfriːt, əˈfriːt)
 
n
Arabian myth a powerful evil demon or giant monster
 
[C19: from Arabic `ifrīt]
 
afrit or afrit
 
n
 
[C19: from Arabic `ifrīt]

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afreet

in Islamic mythology, a class of infernal jinn (spirits below the level of angels and devils) noted for their strength and cunning. An ifrit is an enormous winged creature of smoke, either male or female, who lives underground and frequents ruins. Ifrits live in a society structured along ancient Arab tribal lines, complete with kings, tribes, and clans. They generally marry one another, but they can also marry humans. While ordinary weapons and forces have no power over them, they are susceptible to magic, which humans can use to kill them or to capture and enslave them. As with the jinn, an ifrit may be either a believer or an unbeliever, good or evil, but he is most often depicted as a wicked and ruthless being.

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