I'd like to ask whether you could help me to clarify the root of
'devil'. I'm having a discussion with an American writer. We agree
that some words from Indo-European languages have their root in the
sanskrit stem 'deva', like 'deus' in Latin (consequently 'dios'
[Spanish], 'dieu' [French] for example), 'divine' in English and so
We disagree about 'devil'. In my opinion the English 'devil' and the
German 'Teufel', too, have their root in 'deva' or 'div' while she
says this is not the case.
Now, there are some Internet sources supporting my opinion, but they
all don't seem to be scientifically based enough. Do you perhaps have
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