suc·​cu·​bus ˈsə-kyə-bəs How to pronounce succubus (audio)
plural succubi ˈsə-kyə-ˌbī How to pronounce succubus (audio)
: a demon assuming female form to have sexual intercourse with men in their sleep compare incubus

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The Denali Coven is the Twilight universe’s version of the mythical succubus. Absurdity, Vulture, 2 Dec. 2022 The undisputed fan-favorite succubus of The Boulet Brothers' Dragula season 4, Koco is an ever-evolving artist bringing their ultimate glam-gore seductress back to our screens at level 100. Joey Nolfi,, 26 Sep. 2022 In one scene, for example, a succubus — a seductive demon in female form — pauses to remove her retainer before resuming assaulting a terrified victim. John Blake, CNN, 14 Aug. 2022 Episodes overflow with bizarre images, like a succubus who mounts her victim, then calmly removes a retainer and sets it on the night table. Emily Nussbaum, The New Yorker, 13 June 2022 The perverse power duo, Russell and Parvati are like Mr. and Mrs. Smith — if Mr. and Mrs. Smith were an evil bayou hobbit and a yoga-teaching succubus. Dalton Ross,, 6 May 2021 There’s often nods back to the prototype, the succubus that is Faye Dunaway’s Diana Christensen in groundbreaking 1976 satire Network. Katie Hasty,, 17 Dec. 2019 Jennifer has become a succubus who must consume human flesh to feed the demon within, thanks to a Satanic ritual gone wrong. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 21 Sep. 2019 Eve Silvera, secretly a succubus demon and murderer, smushed thanks to my actions. David Canfield,, 17 July 2019 See More

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Word History


Middle English, from Medieval Latin, alteration of Latin succuba paramour, from succubare to lie under, from sub- + cubare to lie, recline

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of succubus was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Succubus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Medical Definition


suc·​cu·​bus ˈsək-yə-bəs How to pronounce succubus (audio)
plural succubi -ˌbī How to pronounce succubus (audio) -ˌbē How to pronounce succubus (audio)
: an imaginary demon assuming female form and formerly held to have sexual intercourse with men in their sleep compare incubus sense 1

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