incubus


incubus
/in"kyeuh beuhs, ing"-/, n., pl. incubi /-buy'/, incubuses.
1. an imaginary demon or evil spirit supposed to descend upon sleeping persons, esp. one fabled to have sexual intercourse with women during their sleep. Cf. succubus (def. 1).
2. a nightmare.
3. something that weighs upon or oppresses one like a nightmare.
[1175-1225; ME < LL: a nightmare induced by such a demon, n. deriv. of L incubare to lie upon; see INCUBATE]

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demon
      demon in male form that seeks to have sexual intercourse with sleeping women; the corresponding spirit in female form is called a succubus. In medieval Europe, union with an incubus was supposed by some to result in the birth of witches, demons, and deformed human offspring. The legendary magician Merlin was said to have been fathered by an incubus. Parallels exist in many cultures. The word incubus is derived from the Latin incubus (“nightmare”) and incubare (“to lie upon, weigh upon, brood”). In modern psychological usage, the term has been applied to the type of nightmare that gives one the feeling of a heavy weight or oppression on the chest and stomach.

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