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or afrit

[af-reet, uh-freet] /ˈæf rit, əˈfrit/
noun, Arabian Mythology.
a powerful evil demon or monster.
Origin of afreet
1795-1805; < dialectal Arabic ʿafrīt < Pahlavi āfrītan creature Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Look upon him as an afreet to be exorcised with a cross of red-hot iron.

    William Sharp (Fiona Macleod) Elizabeth A. Sharp
  • And the Moor's face was white, and his features trembled, as though he had seen an afreet, but my face was as a deep well.

    The Arab's Pledge Edward L. Mitford
  • Af'rit or afreet, a kind of Medusa or Lamia, the most terrible and cruel of all the orders of the deevs.

  • It seemed as if it might be a pillar of confinement and punishment for some afreet who had defied Heaven.

    Overland John William De Forest
British Dictionary definitions for afreet


/ˈæfriːt; əˈfriːt/
(Arabian myth) a powerful evil demon or giant monster
Word Origin
C19: from Arabic `ifrīt
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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