Sa·​tan ˈsā-tᵊn How to pronounce Satan (audio)
: the angel who in Jewish belief is commanded by God to tempt humans to sin, to accuse the sinners, and to carry out God's punishment
: the rebellious angel who in Christian belief is the adversary of God and lord of evil

Examples of Satan in a Sentence

some people believe that Satan can successfully tempt almost anyone with lies and flattery
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Word History


Middle English, from Old English, from Late Latin, from Greek, from Hebrew śāṭān adversary

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Satan was before the 12th century

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“Satan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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Sa·​tan ˈsāt-ᵊn How to pronounce Satan (audio)

Middle English Satan "Satan," from early French Satan (same meaning), from Latin Satan (same meaning), from Greek Satan "Satan," from Hebrew śāṭān "adversary"

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