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Webster's Dictionary 1828 - Online Edition

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Devil

DEVIL, noun Devl. [Latin , to calumniate.]

1. In the Christian theology, an evil spirit or being; a fallen angel, expelled from heaven for rebellion against God; the chief of the apostate angels; the implacable enemy and tempter of the human race. In the New Testament, the word is frequently and erroneously used for demon.

2. A very wicked person, and in ludicrous language, an great evil. In profane language, it is an expletive expressing wonder, vexation, etc.

3. An idol, or false god. Leviticus 17:7. 2 Chronicles 11:15.