Incubus

In"cu*bus

(?), n.;
pl. E. Incubuses (#), L. Incubi (#).
[L., the nightmare. Cf. Incubate.]
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1. A demon; a fiend; a lascivious spirit, supposed to have sexual intercourse with women by night. Tylor.
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The devils who appeared in the female form were generally called succubi; those who appeared like men incubi, though this distinction was not always preserved.
Lecky.
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2. (Med.) The nightmare. See Nightmare.
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Such as are troubled with incubus, or witch-ridden, as we call it.
Burton.
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3. Any oppressive encumbrance or burden; anything that prevents the free use of the faculties.
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Debt and usury is the incubus which weighs most heavily on the agricultural resources of Turkey.
J. L. Farley.
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