Incubus

Definition of Incubus

In´cu`bus
n.1.A demon; a fiend; a lascivious spirit, supposed to have sexual intercourse with women by night.
The devils who appeared in the female form were generally called succubi; those who appeared like men incubi, though this distinction was not always preserved.
- Lecky.
2.(Med.) The nightmare. See Nightmare.
Such as are troubled with incubus, or witch-ridden, as we call it.
- Burton.
3.Any oppressive encumbrance or burden; anything that prevents the free use of the faculties.
Debt and usury is the incubus which weighs most heavily on the agricultural resources of Turkey.
- J. L. Farley.

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