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Sheitan (also spelled Shaitan) is an Arabic term for a demon or devil. The Sheitan were fathered by Iblis and were considered to be a fourth race of jinn. "Sheitan" bears a strong similarity to the Hebrew word Satan (meaning "adversary") but these words are not etymologically related.

Shai"tan, Shei"tan (?), n. [Hind. shaitan, fr. Ar. shaitan.] Written also sheytan.

1.

Among Mohammedans: (a) An evil spirit; the evil one; the devil. (b) One of bad disposition; a fiend.

[Colloq.]

2.

(Meteor.)

A dust storm.

[India]

 

© Webster 1913.

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