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Asmodeus

[az-muh-dee-uh s, as-] /ˌæz məˈdi əs, ˌæs-/
noun, Jewish Demonology.
1.
an evil spirit.
Origin
< Latin Asmodaeus < Greek Asmodaîos < Hebrew ashmədhai
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Asmodeus

/æsˈməʊdɪəs; ˌæsməʊˈdiːəs/
noun
1.
(in Jewish demonology) prince of the demons
Word Origin
via Latin Asmodaeus, from Avestan Aēsma-daēva, spirit of anger
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Word Origin and History for Asmodeus

evil spirit, prince of demons, from Latin Asmodaeus, from Greek Asmodaios, from Talmudic Hebrew Ashmeday, from Avestan Aeshma-dæva, "Aeshma the deceitful," from aeshma "anger," daeva- "spirit, demon."

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Encyclopedia Article for 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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