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The personification of evil as it is conceived in many cultures and theological traditions is referred to as a devil. It’s said to be the objectification of a hostile and destructive power.

Beyond that, it is a manifestation of evil. It is impossible to give a specific definition of any complexity that will encompass all of the traditions. It’s interesting to think about the devil through the eyes of the many civilizations and faiths that include the devil as a component of their mythos.

The history of this notion is intertwined with theology, mythology, psychology, art, and literature, with each tradition retaining its own validity and development. It has been given many various names and qualities throughout history, including Satan, Lucifer, Beelzebub, Mephistopheles, and Iblis. It is shown as blue, black, or red; it is depicted with and without horns on its head, and so forth. When devil figures are employed in advertising and on candy wrappers, for example, the notion of the devil is often taken seriously, although not always.

The word devil comes from the Middle English devel, which comes from the Old English dofol, which is an early Germanic derivation of the Latin diabolus. This was derived from the Greek: diábolos, “slanderer,” from v diabállein, “to slander,” from diá, “across, through,” and bállein, “to hurl,” most likely similar to the Sanskrit gurate, “he lifts up.”


Jeffrey Burton Russell explores the different interpretations and challenges that are faced when using the term devil in his book The Devil: Perceptions of Evil from Antiquity to Primitive Christianity. He doesn’t pretend to define the word in a broad sense, but he does describe the word’s restricted usage in his book—limited to “minimize this problem” and “for the purpose of clarity.” Russell uses the term “devil” in this book to refer to “the personification of evil found in a range of civilizations,” as opposed to the term “Satan,” which he reserves for the figure in Abrahamic religions.

Henry Ansgar Kelly explores many issues and meanings that he has faced in utilizing terminology such as devil and Satan, etc., in the Introduction to his book Satan: A Biography. While he does not provide a broad definition, he does state in his book that “whenever diabolos are employed as the proper name of Satan,” he uses “small capitals” to indicate it.

The Oxford English Dictionary includes a number of definitions for the term “devil,” all of which are backed up by citations: “Devil” may refer to Satan, the supreme spirit of evil, or one of Satan’s emissaries or demons who populate Hell, or one of the spirits who possess a demonic person; “devil” may refer to one of the “malignant deities” feared and worshiped by “heathen people,” a demon, a malignant being of superhuman powers; figuratively, “devil” may be applied to a wicked person, or play.

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