Lucifer


Lu·ci·fer

noun \ˈlü-sə-fər\

—used as a name of the Devil

Full Definition of LUCIFER

1
—used as a name of the devil
2
:  the planet Venus when appearing as the morning star
3
not capitalized :  a friction match having as active substances antimony sulfide and potassium chlorate
Lu·ci·fe·ri·an \ˌlü-sə-ˈfir-ē-ən\ adjective

Examples of LUCIFER

  1. <Lucifer is depicted as a powerful but proud angel who leads a revolt against heaven.>

Origin of LUCIFER

Middle English, the morning star, a fallen rebel archangel, the Devil, from Old English, from Latin, the morning star, from lucifer light-bearing, from luc-, lux light + -fer -ferous — more at light
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with LUCIFER

Lucifer

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In classical mythology, the morning star (the planet Venus at dawn), personified as a male figure. Lucifer (Latin: “Light-Bearer”) carried a torch and served as herald of the dawn. In Christian times, Lucifer came to be regarded as the name of Satan before his fall; it was thus used by John Milton in Paradise Lost.

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: luciferase
Previous Word in the Dictionary: lucifee
All Words Near: Lucifer

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up Lucifer? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).