2. [syn: nightmare, incubus]
3. someone who depresses or worries others;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Incubus \In"cu*bus\, n.; pl. E. Incubuses, L. Incubi. [L.,
the nightmare. Cf. Incubate.]
1. A demon; a fiend; a lascivious spirit, supposed to have
sexual intercourse with women by night. --Tylor.
The devils who appeared in the female form were
generally called succubi; those who appeared like
men incubi, though this distinction was not always
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.
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
86 Moby Thesaurus words for "incubus":
Baba Yaga, Dracula, Frankenstein, Lilith, Wolf-man, afreet,
bad dream, bale, barghest, bogey, bogeyman, brown study, bugaboo,
bugbear, burden, burdening, burthen, cacodemon, cargo, charge,
charging, cumber, cumbrance, daeva, daydream, deadweight, demon,
devil, drag, dream, dybbuk, evil spirit, fee-faw-fum, fiend,
fiend from hell, freight, frightener, genie, genius, ghost, ghoul,
gyre, handicap, hellion, hobgoblin, holy terror, horror,
incumbency, jinni, jinniyeh, lading, lamia, load, loading,
millstone, monster, nightmare, ogre, ogress, oppression, overload,
overtaxing, overweighting, phantom, pipe dream, pressure, rakshasa,
revenant, reverie, saddling, satan, scarebabe, scarecrow, scarer,
shedu, specter, succubus, superincumbency, surcharge, taxing,
terror, the undead, vampire, vision, werewolf, yogini