The New International Encyclopædia/Alastor

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ALAS′TOR (Gk. Ἀλάστωρ). (1) An avenging, haunting spirit. Among the Greeks the name was sometimes applied to Zeus as an avenging deity; also to the Furies. In the Middle Ages it was given to one of Satan's chief ministers, a demon supposed to execute his purposes.

(2) A poem by Shelley published in 1816, entitled in full, Alastor, or the Spirit of Solitude.