af·reet (ăfrēt′, ə-frēt) also af·rit (ăfrēt′, ăfrĭt′, ə-frēt, ə-frĭt), also if·rit (ĭfrēt′, ĭfrĭt′, ə-frēt, ə-frĭt)
A powerful evil spirit or gigantic and monstrous demon in Muslim tradition.
[Arabic ‘ifrīt, from Middle Persian āfrīd, created (an afreet probably being so called because it is a “creature,” a creation of God or divine powers), from āfrīdan, to bless, create, from Old Iranian *āfrī-, to bless (attested in Avestan āfrī-) : *ā-, to, towards, hither + *frī-, to rejoice, please; see prī- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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