Asmodeus


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Asmodeus

(ăs'mōdē`əs), demondemon,
supernatural being, generally malevolent in character. In general, the more civilized pagan societies came to consider demons as powerful, supernatural beings who lacked the dignity of gods and who, depending on the circumstance, might be either benevolent or malevolent
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 of Hebrew story. He plays an important role in the Book of Tobit.

Asmodeus

clever, hell-born hero. [Fr. Lit.: Le Diable Boiîteux, Walsh Modern, 31]
See: Cunning

Asmodeus

king of the devils. [Talmudic Legend: Benét, 58]
See: Demon

Asmodeus

female spirit of lust. [Jew. Myth.: Jobes, 141]
See: Lust
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These tales included bizarre accounts of Host desecration, satanic magic, murder, the Antichrist, and the manifestations of Lucifer and Asmodeus.
Undernourished, weak with fever and possibly experiencing post-partum depression, she leaves her squalling kid in the care of a nurse to open a series of disturbing conversations with Asmodeus, a devil unseen by the rest of the household but quite vivid to us in Will Rogers' lively portrayal of him.
Tambien llamado Satanas, Belcebu, Asmodeus o Sammael, algun dia fue un angel llamado Luzbel que, por rebelarse ante la maxima autoridad, cayo del Cielo y ahora reina en la mansion de los fuegos eternos.
In Messe solennelle d'une pleine nuit d'ete Tremblay exploits the notion of the Asmodeus complex to depict in section a small Montreal apartment building and, through a contrapuntal interplay of voices, the divers regrets, bitterness, hopes, aspirations, and delights of the inhabitants of its different flats.
33 In which book of the Bible (canonical to Catholics but not Protestants) does the serial husband-slaying demon Asmodeus appear?
The journalist Xavier Marmier, visiting in the mid-1840s, called Algiers the "cite d'Asmodee, que nul toit ne derobe aux regards" [city of Asmodeus, which no roof hides from view], without mentioning what one might actually see (Marmier 44).
Matthias's quest leads him up to the heavens, where he meets a tribe of warlike sparrows; and down to the depths of the earth, where Asmodeus the Snake waits.
25) "Asmodeus in the Quarters" draws on French writer Alain Le Sage's 1707 novel Le diable boiteux (The Devil on Two Sticks), in which the hobbled demon Asmodeus gives a rowdy young Spanish bachelor the power to see through the rooftops of Madrid into its inhabitants' private lives of vice and folly.
Among the many characters encountered, both historical and fanciful, most with the flimsiest of characterizations, are Ludwig's parents, his schoolmates and teacher, plus the devils on ostriches, children born to a pious, married woman seduced by an angel one starry night during Ludwig's visit, a furry armadillo who sits on Ludwig's shoulder, and particularly the Contessa Helena Ferruchi, Leonardo the "Maestro," and Asmodeus the "Old One.
If there is evil in the world, it is, in some religions, the work of an evil deity - Ahriman, Satan, Asmodeus, Loki - but in other religions, it is the product of evil desires in human beings.
And Asmodeus of hell Maketh his membres swell With Dalyda to mell, That wanton damosell (209-12)
It was in the guise of protecting public morality that the American press made frequent allusion to Asmodeus in the 1840s, emulating his appetite for scandal and, in Dickens' words, "imputing to every man in public life the coarsest and the vilest motives" (136).