• WordNet 3.6
    • n incubus a male demon believed to lie on sleeping persons and to have sexual intercourse with sleeping women
    • n incubus someone who depresses or worries others
    • n incubus a situation resembling a terrifying dream
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Incubus 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."
    • Incubus 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."
    • Incubus (Med) The nightmare. See Nightmare. "Such as are troubled with incubus , or witch-ridden, as we call it."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n incubus The nightmare.
    • n incubus An imaginary being or demon, supposed to be the cause of nightmare; especially, such a being of the male sex who was supposed to consort with women in their sleep. In the middle ages this belief was accepted by the church and the law. Deformed children were supposed to be the results of such association. Compare succubus.
    • n incubus Figuratively, a heavy or oppressive burden; especially, a heavy weight on the mind; anything that prevents the free use of the faculties.
    • n incubus [capitalized] In entomology, a genus of parasitic hymenopters of the family Braconidæ: synonymous with Microgaster of Latreille.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Incubus in′kū-bus the nightmare: a male demon formerly supposed to consort with women in their sleep: any oppressive or stupefying influence
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., the nightmare. Cf. Incubate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. incubārein, upon, cubāre, to lie.


In literature:

Bradlaugh re-won the seat by the small majority of 132 votes, and the Bradlaugh incubus lay once more on Parliament.
"The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Harry Furniss
Immense is the incubus thus laid upon the efforts of genius.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine -- Volume 57, No. 351, January 1845" by Various
Slavery and land-monopoly are the incubus.
"Three Years in the Federal Cavalry" by Willard Glazier
When he arrived Mary had for the time got nearly rid of the incubus of the Italian Marchioness with her baby.
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope
An incubus within was pushing his life-springs out.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
Would not further culture rid him of the incubus?
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
Then they remain as the incubus of true progress.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
It is the religious incubus of the hour, the spiritual paralysis of nations and their most dangerous political menace.
"Why I Preach the Second Coming" by Isaac Massey Haldeman
Heavy, bilious, selfish, inornate, he sits upon this court and country like an incubus.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 7 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The incubus of fear was lifted from them for the time, and a certain joyousness of expression was the natural result.
"Peggy Owen and Liberty" by Lucy Foster Madison
She is the burden, the incubus of my life.
"Brooke's Daughter" by Adeline Sergeant
The thing had grown upon them, till the Lovels had become an incubus to her.
"Lady Anna" by Anthony Trollope
The remembrance of Italian wickedness weighed on them like an incubus, clung to them with a frightful fascination.
"Euphorion" by Vernon Lee
Let's go home and get rid of this sure-footed incubus, and then we can decide what to do next.
"Betty Wales Freshman" by Edith K. Dunton
The major then placed himself in the middle of the room, and cried with a voice of thunder, 'Incubus!
"Tales from the German" by Various
For a few horrid instants that shock of a vague terror pressed upon her like a destroying incubus.
"When the Cock Crows" by Waldron Baily
They regarded it not only a wrong inflicted upon the slave, but an incubus upon the nation, soon to pass away.
"Three Prize Essays on American Slavery" by R. B. Thurston
Thus he would be rid of this incubus, this blackmailer, and once more would be at peace.
"The White Hand and the Black" by Bertram Mitford
Loosed of the incubus of a father, the little family grew in grace.
"Jap Herron" by Emily Grant Hutchings
If only one were without the incubus of an army, a month in the Noijin Kang Sang country and the Yamdok Plain would be a delightful experience.
"The Unveiling of Lhasa" by Edmund Candler

In poetry:

She continued:
'No incubus has crushed his body against me,
‘Though spirits are celebrated for adultery.
‘And I am going to the temple of Vesta . . .'
and so on.
"Homage To Sextus Propertius - X" by Ezra Pound

In news:

The members of INCUBUS will put themselves on display next month.
For eight hours a day, Incubus will meet with fans, offer how-to clinics and give exclusive live performances.
Xtina Earning More Than Other 'Voice' Judges, Incubus Goes On Display For Fans.
Incubus Mines Hits, Rarities For 'Monuments And Melodies'.
Incubus , "If Not Now, When.".
When modern rock presented the class of the late 90s, Incubus was the introspective one.
Q&A with Linkin Park and Incubus .
Incubus to perform at USD One of the Top 40 and Modern Rock charts most popular bands, Incubus , will perform at The University of South Dakota on Nov 16 at 7:30 pm in the DakotaDome with special guest, The Music.
Incubus Loosen Up on "Murder".
Incubus vocalist Brandon Boyd recently held a lengthy speaking engagement at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, Calif, where he discussed the band's origins, influences, and the secret of their longevity.
Help Incubus defeat Music Pirates from stealing their music.
Incubus going On Display for.
Incubus Going "On Display" For New Album Incubus will be kicking off their " Incubus HQ Live" project on July 12, the same day their latest album, If Not Now, When.
On August 14 beloved California quintet Incubus will be releasing their live DVD Incubus HQ Live, which features the band's 2011 20th anniversary six-night concert series, which took place in a vacant Los Angeles storefront space.
Plus, Incubus, Moz, Bieber, and Robbie Williams.