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(in Arabian and Muslim mythology) an intelligent spirit of lower rank than the angels, able to appear in human and animal forms and to possess humans:‘the rebellious jinn lead men astray’Compare with genie
- ‘As he watched Sophia dance, Muammar wondered if the others dancing with her were only jinns, evil spirits.’
- ‘These spirits, or jinns, can be either good or evil.’
- ‘Fearing that the jinn had possessed her, her mother took her to an exorcist, a middle age man who confirmed that the girl was indeed possessed.’
- ‘Some of these places include uninhabited sites, places where an array of spirit beings including jinn and ghosts are believed to reside.’
- ‘Many Muslims believe in jinns, spirits who can change shape and be either visible or invisible.’
From Arabic jinnī, plural jinn.
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