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The Devil is the title given to the supernatural being, who, in mainstream Christianity, Islam, and some other religions, is believed to be an evil, powerful entity and the tempter of humankind. The Devil is commonly believed to influence heretics, infidels and other unbelievers.
The name "Devil" derives from the Greek word διάβολος diabolos, "the slanderer, liar or false accuser". In mainstream Christianity, God and the Devil are usually portrayed as non-equal spirits fighting over the souls of humans, with the Devil seeking to lure people away from God and into Sheol. The Devil commands a force of lesser evil spirits, commonly known as demons.
This entity is commonly referred to by a variety of names, including Abbadon, Angra Mainyu, Satan, Asmodai, Beelzebub, Lucifer, Belial, and Iblis. Many other religions have a trickster or tempter figure that is similar to the Devil. Modern conceptions of the Devil include the concept that it symbolizes humans' own lower nature or sinfulness.People put the concept of the Devil to use in social and political conflicts, claiming that their opponents are influenced by the Devil or even willingly supporting the Devil. The Devil has also been used to explain why others hold beliefs that are considered to b