One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The ultimate source of evil; an extremely negative social or political phenomenon; an arch-enemy.
2Derogatory. The United States, viewed as an imperialistic and malevolent power, especially in the context of U.S. policy in the Middle East.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in William Blake (1757–1827), engraver, artist, and poet. From great + Satan.
Great Satan/ˌɡreɪt ˈseɪtn/
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