Meaning of DEMON in English

I. noun

also dae·mon ˈdēmən

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English demon, from Late Latin & Latin; Late Latin daemon, demon evil spirit, from Latin daemon spirit, from Greek daimōn spirit, deity; probably akin to Greek daiesthai to distribute — more at tide

1. : an attendant, ministering, or indwelling power or spirit : daimonion , genius

the only one of our five authors who writes because he has a demon — New Republic


a. : an evil spirit : devil

a magical observance whose aim is to banish the demons of pain, psychosis and bad luck — Paul Bowles

b. : an undesirable or evil emotion, trait, or state personified

melancholy is a kind of demon that haunts our island — Joseph Addison

3. in late biblical Judaism and early Christianity

a. : a pagan spirit

b. : an unclean spirit or evil superhuman being below a god but believed to be capable of inhabiting and actuating the bodies of men

4. usually daemon : a supernatural being in ancient Greek mythology whose nature is intermediate between that of a god and that of a man : an inferior divinity

5. : one that possesses extraordinary drive, enthusiasm, or effectiveness in respect to some activity or function

he is a positive demon for work — William Ridsdale

II. adjective

1. : of, relating to, or involving demons

demon worship

the demon herd


a. : being a demon : possessed of a demon

a demon lover

b. : having the characteristics of a demon

the demon driver of the village — Sinclair Lewis

III. abbreviation

1. demonstration

2. demonstrative

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