What does the word incubus mean?

Usage examples for incubus

  1. The Academy has tolerated genius when it was popular, it has trampled upon genius when it was unpopular; and the business of the new art criticism is to rid art of the incubus. – Modern Painting by George Moore
  2. With a mighty wrench Harland, at his bidding, cast off the numbness from his body, the incubus from his will, and staggering to his feet opened his eyes. – A Republic Without a President and Other Stories by Herbert Ward
  3. Not only has he been able to shake from his shoulders that awful incubus- and ever- present ward- but he can be sure that the absent ward is so well- off with regard to this world's goods, that he need never give her so much as a passing thought- dragged, torn as that thought would be from his beloved studies. – A Little Rebel by Mrs. Hungerford