One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
In Arabian stories and Muslim mythology: a very powerful wicked genie.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Edward Lane (1801–1876), orientalist. From Arabic mārid, active participle of marada to rebel. The word occurs once in the Qur'an with the sense ‘rebel’, but in later tradition denotes a fantastic being of a particular type, being represented in the popular tales as more powerful than the ʿifrīt.
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