A pagan god, probably Asmodeus who, in Jewish demonology, is an evil spirit and king of the demons. Sometimes the devil of lechery, sensuality, and luxury. Latin Asmodaeus, from Greek Asmodaios, from Middle Herbrew Ashmeday, from Persian/Avestan Aesma-daeva, "spirit of anger" : aesma-, anger + daeva-, demon. Akin to Latin "Astarte."

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