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[shahy-tahn] /ʃaɪˈtɑn/
Origin of Shaitan
< Arabic Shayṭān, cognate with Hebrew śātān Satan Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • O God, defend the deceased from Shaitan (devil) and from the torments of the grave.

    The Faith of Islam Edward Sell
  • Bid them pause, or I'll blow you all straight into the arms of Shaitan.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • It is a belief of the Kalmucks that this gloomy spot is inhabited by Shaitan, and they regard it with superstitious dread.

    Some Heroes of Travel W. H. Davenport Adams
  • They sent me to beg you fairly to put up your little Shaitan again.

    A Modern Telemachus Charlotte M. Yonge
  • When the enemy switched his searchlights off Shaitan hauled out too.

    Sea Warfare Rudyard Kipling
  • Shaitan whined at the door, and the Gadfly rose to let him in.

    The Gadfly E. L. Voynich
  • Yes, Protector of the Poor, the Shaitan (devil) killed two men of this village on this very road by which I come each night.

    Life in an Indian Outpost Gordon Casserly
  • As soon would they let loose in the world Shaitan and all the Jins.

    The Treasure of the Tigris A. F. Mockler Ferryman
  • She must have got a charm from the Shaitan himself, to make herself remarked.'

  • Yet Shaitan had had her little crumb of comfort ere the end.

    Sea Warfare Rudyard Kipling
British Dictionary definitions for Shaitan


noun (in Muslim countries)
  1. Satan
  2. any evil spirit
  3. a vicious person or animal
Word Origin
C17: from Arabic shaytān, from Hebrew śātān; see Satan
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