Why do they call Satan Old Nick

Old Nick

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Old Nick (English)

Word combination, noun, proper noun [edit]

Word separation:

Old Nick, no plural

Pronunciation:

IPA: [əʊld nɪk] (UK), [oʊld nɪk] (US)
Audio samples: -

Meanings:

[1] joking:Nickname of the devil as the supreme personification of evil

Origin:

17th century: probably from a nickname for Nicholas[1][2], possibly also from the Norse mythology: "Nick" an evil water spirit[3]

Synonyms:

[1] the Devil, Satan, Lucifer

Examples:

[1] "He gave me a look that would scare Old Nick[4]
He gave me a look, himself the devil would scare.

Translations [edit]

References and further information:

[1] English Wikipedia article "Devil in Christianity"
[1] Oxford English Dictionary "Old Nick"
[1] Macmillan Dictionary: "Old Nick" (British), "Old Nick" (US-American)
[1] Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary "Old + Nick"
[1] Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus "Old + Nick"
[1] Dictionary.com English-English dictionary, thesaurus and encyclopedia "Old Nick"
[1] PONS English-German, keyword: "Old + Nick"
[1] dict.cc English-German, keyword: "Old + Nick"
[1] LEO English-German, keyword: "Old + Nick"
[1] Online Etymology Dictionary "Nick"
[1] Nick. In: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary. The ARTFL Project - The University of Chicago, 1913, accessed February 3, 2013.

Swell:

  1. Oxford English Dictionary "Old Nick"
  2. Online Etymology Dictionary "Nick"
  3. Nick. In: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary. The ARTFL Project - The University of Chicago, 1913, accessed February 3, 2013.
  4. Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus "Old + Nick"