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Definition of LILITH
: a woman who in rabbinic legend is Adam's first wife, is supplanted by Eve, and becomes an evil spirit
: a famous witch in medieval demonology
Origin of LILITH
Late Hebrew līlīth, from Hebrew, a female demon
First Known Use: 1614
In Jewish folklore, a female demon. In rabbinic literature she is depicted either as Adam's first wife or as the mother of his demonic offspring after he separated from Eve outside Paradise (seeAdam and Eve). The evil that Lilith directed against children could be counteracted by wearing an amulet bearing the names of the three angels who opposed her. A cult associated with Lilith survived into the 7th century AD.