Lucifer

Definitions

  • The Fall of Lucifer
    The Fall of Lucifer
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n lucifer lighter consisting of a thin piece of wood or cardboard tipped with combustible chemical; ignites with friction "he always carries matches to light his pipe","as long you've a lucifer to light your fag"
    • n Lucifer a planet (usually Venus) seen just before sunrise in the eastern sky
    • n Lucifer (Judeo-Christian and Islamic religions) chief spirit of evil and adversary of God; tempter of mankind; master of Hell
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Gabriel, Michael, and Lucifer are the only angels named in the Bible.
    • Lucifer (Zoöl) A genus of free-swimming macruran Crustacea, having a slender body and long appendages.
    • Lucifer A match{1} made of a sliver of wood tipped with a combustible substance, and ignited by friction; -- called also lucifer match, and locofoco, now most commonly referred to as a friction match. See Locofoco.
    • Lucifer Hence, Satan. "How wretched
      Is that poor man that hangs on princes' favors! . . . When he falls, he falls like Lucifer ,
      Never to hope again."
    • Lucifer The planet Venus, when appearing as the morning star; -- applied in Isaiah by a metaphor to a king of Babylon. "How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer , son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground which didst weaken the nations!""Tertullian and Gregory the Great understood this passage of Isaiah in reference to the fall of Satan; in consequence of which the name Lucifer has since been applied to Satan."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Lucifer The morning star; the planet Venus when she appears in the morning before sunrise : when she follows the sun, or appears in the evening, she is called Hesperus, or the evening star. Applied by Isaiah figuratively to a king of Babylon.
    • n Lucifer The prince of darkness; Satan. [This use arises from an early opinion that in the above passage from Isaiah reference was made to Satan.]
    • n Lucifer [lowercase] A match ignitible by friction with any surface, or with a specially prepared surface. It is usually made of a small splint of wood tipped with some inflammable substance, as a mixture of potassium chlorate and antimony sulphid, or more commonly of phosphorus and potassium nitrate. Also called lucifer match.
    • n Lucifer The typical genus of Luciferidæ.
    • n Lucifer A genus of humming-birds. A species of northern Mexico and adjoining parts of the United States is Trochilux or Calothorax lucifer, having the gorgelet prolonged into a ruff.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Lucifer the planet Venus when it appears as the morning-star: Satan: a match of wood tipped with a combustible substance ignited by friction
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Quotations

  • Arnold Bennett
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    “Of all the inhabitants of the inferno, none but Lucifer knows that hell is hell, and the secret function of purgatory is to make of heaven an effective reality.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
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    “The first sin in our universe was Lucifer's self conceit.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., bringing light, (n.), the morning star, fr. lux, lucis, light + ferre, to bring
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—lux, lucis, light.

Usage

In literature:

One of the objects of our association was to encourage the manufacture of lucifer matches, and similar small industries.
"My Reminiscences" by Rabindranath Tagore
Arnold was of course with Michael heart and soul, and was only interested in our Lucifer.
"Views and Reviews Essays in appreciation" by William Ernest Henley
We had some lucifers, so we soon made a glorious fire.
"A Voyage round the World" by W.H.G. Kingston
Treat it like a lucifer, sir; give it a sharp rub and make it go off.
"Jack at Sea" by George Manville Fenn
But apart from verbal parallels or coincidences, there is a genuine affinity between Byron's Lucifer and Milton's Satan.
"The Works of Lord Byron" by Lord Byron
He stretched his superb figure to its utmost, and with the smile of a re-embodied Lucifer restored the sapphire to its case.
"The Flaw in the Sapphire" by Charles M. Snyder
There was quite half a dozen dead lucifers lyin' around.
"Kiddie the Scout" by Robert Leighton
The sensation resembled what one might expect to feel on holding a lighted lucifer-match under each nostril.
"Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 458" by Various
She glanced over the mantelpiece, and saw that the lucifer-matches were at hand.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
In the middle of the night, she called upon her familial-spirit to carry her to Lucifer.
"Children's Rhymes, Children's Games, Children's Songs, Children's Stories" by Robert Ford
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In poetry:

Lucifer. Thou, Solobrico, tell me, what thinkest thou
Of this strange speech to man?
Thou by thy sweat must gain
The bread that forms thy food.
"Adam: A Sacred Drama. Act 4." by William Cowper
Blood and tears! and the price was paid;
Blood was nothing, and tears were free;
And Lucifer smiled at the fools and said:
"Surely your souls should belong to me!"
"A Legend Of Gold" by Charles Hamilton Musgrove
And Lucifer wrought with the rugged ore
Till he fashioned it wondrous fair, and then
He set a price on the precious store,
And the price was the blood and tears of men.
"A Legend Of Gold" by Charles Hamilton Musgrove
Lucifer. No humble worshipper, not the adorer,
But the adored, 'tis just that I should be.
Alas! I can no longer
Such outrages endure:
No! who I am, I must at length reveal.
"Adam: A Sacred Drama. Act 5." by William Cowper
Lucifer. Rise, Guliar, Dulciato, and Maltia!
To make the band of enemies complete,
That, like a deadly Hydra, Shall dart against this man
Your seven crests portentous and terrific.
"Adam: A Sacred Drama. Act 1. " by William Cowper
See Lucifer like lightning fall,
Dashed from his throne of pride;
While, answering Thy victorious call,
The Saints his spoils divide;
This world of Thine, by him usurped too long,
Now opening all her stores to heal Thy servants' wrong.
"Third Sunday In Lent" by John Keble

In news:

Negotiators talked down a suicidal man who wanted to be called Lucifer, after he held nine at gunpoint for hours.
Bobby Beausoleil Magick Powerhouse of Oz version (excerpt) Lucifer Rising OST.
Darkthrone Striving for a Piece of Lucifer hate them.
ETREMA Products Inc, a leading supplier of magnetostrictive materials recently installed a Lucifer Furnaces high-temperature GT furnace in its Ames, Iowa, facility.
Lucifer 's pals took him out for dinner.
The ' Lucifer effect' theory of Chinese governance.
MGMT performs Pink Floyd's " Lucifer Sam" on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon".
Lucifer Furnaces shipped two dual-chamber atmosphere muffle ovens to a customer for the purpose of heat treating superconducting wire used in medical, pharmaceutical and industrial applications.
Team Obsolete 's XRTT 909 served as the prototype for "Lucifer's Hammer," the three-time champion that was perhaps the most successful Harley-Davidson roadracer ever.
The 'Lucifer effect' theory of Chinese governance.
Lucifer Furnaces installed a dual-chamber furnace at Amarillo College's Manufacturing Technologies Department.
The 'Lucifer effect' theory of Chinese governance .
Then, again, Lucifer was an angel.
Il Pizzaiolo: Lucifers Pizza .
Epic fantasy film stars Bradley Cooper as Lucifer in a battle of the angels in heaven.
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In science:

We observed NGC 1569 during the commissioning run of LUCIFER, the NIR imager and spectrograph now available at the Large Binocular Telescope.
Extreme Starbursts in the Local Universe
The imaging was performed under good seeing conditions (0.4 arcsec on average) and with the highest angular resolution offered by LUCIFER (0.12 arcsec/pix).
Extreme Starbursts in the Local Universe
The first distinction is then Lucifer’s breaking away from God as the devil (Luhmann, 1990, at pp. 118 ff.) or, in other words, the problem of the Theodicy, that is, the origin of evil in the world (Leibniz, [1710] 1962).
Luhmann's Communication-Theoretical Specification of the 'Genomena' of Husserl's Phenomenology
Two years ago, the LUCIFER pro ject has been funded by the european grant ERC.
Review of double beta experiments
Today the R&D efforts in LUCIFER are the production of pure natural ZnSe crystals without metalic contaminations in order to obtain good heat and light performances and good reproductibility of the crystals growing. 10 kg of enriched Se has been already purchased (URENCO).
Review of double beta experiments
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