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Noun hobgoblin has 2 senses
- goblin, hob, hobgoblin - (folklore) a small grotesque supernatural creature that makes trouble for human beings
--1 is a kind of evil spirit
- bugbear, hobgoblin - an object of dread or apprehension; "Germany was always a bugbear for France"; "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds"--Ralph Waldo Emerson
--2 is a kind of object