One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in Hindu mythology) a malignant demon.
devil, fiend, evil spirit, fallen angel, cacodemonView synonyms
- ‘The Rakshasas robbed people of their senses and 'possessed' them.’
- ‘On the same mountain lived a Raksasa named Parasu, frightening the heavenly Brahmins.’
- ‘The rakshasa set fire to the tail of Hanuman.’
- ‘Surrounded by ghastly Raksasas who bore all kinds of weapons, he stormed at Rama.’
- ‘The nails of a European, like those of a Rakshasa, distil a deadly poison, and hence he is afraid to eat with his fingers, as all respectable people do, and prefers to use a knife and fork.’
From Sanskrit rākṣasa ‘demon’.
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