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INCUBUS (a Late Latin form of the cla...

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Originally appearing in Volume V14, Page 369 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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INCUBUS (a Late Latin form of the classical incubo, a night-mare, from incubare, to lie upon, weigh down, brood), the name given in the middle ages to a male demon which was supposed to haunt women in their sleep, and to whose visits the birth of witches and demons was attributed. The female counter-parts of these demons were called succubae. The word is also applied generally to an oppressive thing or person.
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