Definition of succubus in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsəkyəbəs/

noun (plural succubi /-ˌbī/)

A female demon believed to have sexual intercourse with sleeping men.
Example sentences
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • He carefully stepped around the various succubi, incubi and lesser lust demons littering the room, finally stopping in front of the throne.


Late Middle English: from medieval Latin succubus 'prostitute', from succubare, from sub- 'under' + cubare 'to lie'.

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Syllabification: suc·cu·bus

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