Definition of succubus in US English:


nounPlural succubi

  • A female demon believed to have sexual intercourse with sleeping men.

    • ‘I thought I was being attacked by a succubus again.’
    • ‘Grim skulls taunt Mother Superior's mind, while a severely cowled Mary Magdalene in green eye shadow and come-hither lipstick holds court over a writhing succubus.’
    • ‘Has anyone had any experiences with what might be considered a succubus or incubus?’
    • ‘It wasn't a possessive spirit who just couldn't let it's house go, and it wasn't a spectral incubi and succubi who would attack you at night and give you a whole new take on the phrase ‘bed bugs’.’
    • ‘In this, the nightmare equals the incubi and succubi, a personification of erotic dream figures.’
    • ‘People dressed up as something else - but that something else often meant vampires, devils, and succubi.’
    • ‘Harrison says ‘If your uncle was right about a succubus being among us, it may be that the demon is clever enough to cover her tracks.’’
    • ‘He carefully stepped around the various succubi, incubi and lesser lust demons littering the room, finally stopping in front of the throne.’
    • ‘You really expect me to believe an angel is going to hang out with a succubus?’
    • ‘It was a union that was blessed by Jesus in the sacred ceremony of marriage, only to be destroyed by a succubus of Satan.’
    • ‘I see the notorious Sheila Face, certainly named by some carnal-dreaming mountaineer, looming like a succubus above the hut.’
    • ‘She was a Valkryie, a succubus - a dark-eyed angel roaring through the sky in the path of vengeance unknowable.’
    • ‘The darkness is seductive; and the black ocean straddles me as a dark succubus.’
    • ‘For most of the history of Christianity there are reports of Satan having sex with humans, either as an incubus (male devil) or succubus (female devil).’
    • ‘A succubus is not just a fantastic, furry creature: it is a female demon fabled to have sexual intercourse with sleeping men.’
    • ‘Certainly the phenomenon experienced by our subjects is very similar to that, as I mentioned, with people who have encountered ghosts and incubi and succubi and witches and things of that sort that visit them at night.’
    devil, fiend, evil spirit, fallen angel, cacodemon
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Late Middle English: from medieval Latin succubus ‘prostitute’, from succubare, from sub- ‘under’ + cubare ‘to lie’.