Definitions for jinndʒɪn; dʒɪˈni, ˈdʒɪn i
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
jinndʒɪn; dʒɪˈni, ˈdʒɪn i(n.)(pl.)jinns also jin•nis; jinn also jin•ni.
(in Islamic myth) any of a class of spirits, lower than the angels, capable of appearing in human and animal forms and influencing humankind.
Category: Eastern Religions
Origin of jinn:
1675–85; pl. of Ar jinnī demon
A spirit, lower than the angels, who could appear in animal or human form and influence men
Origin: From جن (collective form of جني)
The jinn, or genies, are spiritual creatures mentioned in the Qur’ān and Islamic mythology who inhabit an unseen world in dimensions beyond the visible universe of humans. Together, the jinn, humans and angels make up the three sapient creations of God. The Qur’an mentions that the jinn are made of a smokeless and "scorching fire", but also physical in nature, being able to interact physically with people and objects and likewise be acted upon. Like human beings, the jinn can also be good, evil, or neutrally benevolent and hence have freewill like humans and unlike angels. The jinn are mentioned frequently in the Qurʾan, and the 72nd surah is titled Sūrat al-Jinn.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
in the Arabian mythology one of a class of genii born of fire, some of them good spirits and some of them evil, with the power of assuming visible forms, hideous or bewitching, corresponding to their character.
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