Ahriman Definition

Ahura Mazda's adversary, the chief spirit of darkness and evil in Zoroastrianism.
American Heritage
In Zoroastrianism, the spirit of evil.
Webster's New World

The hypostasis of chaos, destruction, evil in Zoroastrianism.


Origin of Ahriman

  • From Persian اهریمن (Ahriman), from Middle Persian (Ahreman), from Avestan (aŋra mainiiu), compound of (aŋra, “destruction, destructive”) and (mainiiu, “spirit, mind, essence, emanation etc.”). Definable through the antithetical (aməša mainiiu, “bounteous spirit”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Persian ahriman from Middle Persian ahraman from Avestan angrō mainiiuš the evil spirit angra- evil mainiiuš spirit men-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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