incubus

incubus [ IN-kyuh’-buh’ s, ING- ]
 noun ]
 MEANING :
 1. (medieval times) a fabled demon who was believed to descend upon women and have sexual intercourse with them while they slept
2. a nightmare
3. a worry or burden that is oppressive
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 Incubus and Succubus are just two of the many demons in mythology.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 The only justification for the removal of Margaret Thatcher by her colleagues was that, wedded to the incubus of the poll tax, it seemed inevitable that she would lose the forthcoming general election.

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