Definitions for incubusˈɪn kyə bəs, ˈɪŋ-; -ˌbaɪ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•cu•busˈɪn kyə bəs, ˈɪŋ-; -ˌbaɪ(n.)(pl.)-bi; -bus•es.

  1. an evil spirit supposed to descend upon sleeping persons, esp. one fabled to have sexual intercourse with sleeping women.

    Ref: Compare succubus (def. 1). 1

  2. Ref: nightmare.

  3. something that oppresses one like a nightmare.

Origin of incubus:

1175–1225; ME < LL: a nightmare induced by such a demon

Princeton's WordNet

  1. incubus(noun)

    a male demon believed to lie on sleeping persons and to have sexual intercourse with sleeping women

  2. nightmare, incubus(noun)

    a situation resembling a terrifying dream

  3. incubus(noun)

    someone who depresses or worries others


  1. incubus(Noun)

    An evil spirit supposed to oppress people while asleep, especially to have sex with women as they sleep.

  2. incubus(Noun)

    A feeling of oppression during sleep, sleep paralysis; night terrors, a nightmare.

  3. incubus(Noun)

    Any oppressive thing or person; a burden.

  4. incubus(Noun)

    One of a genus of parasitic insects.

  5. Origin: From incubus, from incubo, from incubare, from in- + cubare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Incubus(noun)

    a demon; a fiend; a lascivious spirit, supposed to have sexual intercourse with women by night

  2. Incubus(noun)

    the nightmare. See Nightmare

  3. Incubus(noun)

    any oppressive encumbrance or burden; anything that prevents the free use of the faculties


  1. Incubus

    Incubus is an American rock band from Calabasas, California. The band was formed in 1991 by vocalist Brandon Boyd, lead guitarist Mike Einziger, and drummer Jose Pasillas while enrolled in Calabasas High School and later expanded to include bassist Alex "Dirk Lance" Katunich, and Gavin "DJ Lyfe" Koppell; both of whom were eventually replaced by bassist Ben Kenney and DJ Kilmore respectively. Incubus has received both critical acclaim and commercial success, reaching multi-platinum sales, as well as releasing several successful singles. The band earned mainstream recognition with the release of their 1999 album Make Yourself. In 2001, Incubus became even more successful with the single "Drive" and their follow-up album Morning View. Their sixth studio album, Light Grenades, debuted at No. 1 in 2006 and has received Gold certification in the U.S. Incubus released their first greatest hits album Monuments and Melodies in June 2009, accompanied by a tour of the United States, Japan and Canada. The band's most recent album, If Not Now, When?, was released on July 12, 2011.


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