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[dee-muh n] /ˈdi mən/
an evil spirit; devil or fiend.
an evil passion or influence.
a person considered extremely wicked, evil, or cruel.
a person with great energy, drive, etc.:
He's a demon for work.
a person, especially a child, who is very mischievous:
His younger son is a real little demon.
Australian Slang. a policeman, especially a detective.
of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or noting a demon.
possessed or controlled by a demon.
Origin of demon
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin daemonium < Greek daimónion, thing of divine nature (in Jewish and Christian writers, evil spirit), neuter of daimónios, derivative of daímōn; (def 6) < Latin; see daemon Unabridged
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Examples from the web for demons
  • Decorated with polychrome paint, the brick's sides depict deities and demons.
  • They faith-heal the sick by clutching the ailing area of the body and praying silently to the heavens, casting out demons.
  • Monsters and madmen, ghosts and goblins, demons and disease.
  • Afraid that the demons may inhabit them if they stay so still for a moment.
  • After all, once you start down this road, there's no end to the demons that can beset you.
  • Fight your adversaries with words and images, don't treat them as fools or demons.
  • The muster at night-time of witches and demons to concoct mischief.
  • Some people, for the expiation of their sins, voluntarily exposed themselves to the fury of those demons.
  • The sulfur demons in the cave conjure up a witches' brew of poisonous gases.
  • Fairies, demons, and other creatures were also said to be abroad.
British Dictionary definitions for demons


an evil spirit or devil
a person, habit, obsession, etc, thought of as evil, cruel, or persistently tormenting
Also called daemon, daimon. an attendant or ministering spirit; genius: the demon of inspiration
  1. a person who is extremely skilful in, energetic at, or devoted to a given activity, esp a sport: a demon at cycling
  2. (as modifier): a demon cyclist
a variant spelling of daemon (sense 1)
(Austral & NZ, informal, archaic) a detective or policeman
(computing) a part of a computer program, such as a help facility, that can run in the background behind the current task or application, and which will only begin to work when certain conditions are met or when it is specifically invoked
Word Origin
C15: from Latin daemōn evil spirit, spirit, from Greek daimōn spirit, deity, fate; see daemon
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Word Origin and History for demons



c.1200, from Latin daemon "spirit," from Greek daimon "deity, divine power; lesser god; guiding spirit, tutelary deity" (sometimes including souls of the dead); "one's genius, lot, or fortune;" from PIE *dai-mon- "divider, provider" (of fortunes or destinies), from root *da- "to divide" (see tide).

Used (with daimonion) in Christian Greek translations and Vulgate for "god of the heathen" and "unclean spirit." Jewish authors earlier had employed the Greek word in this sense, using it to render shedim "lords, idols" in the Septuagint, and Matt. viii:31 has daimones, translated as deofol in Old English, feend or deuil in Middle English. Another Old English word for this was hellcniht, literally "hell-knight."

The original mythological sense is sometimes written daemon for purposes of distinction. The Demon of Socrates was a daimonion, a "divine principle or inward oracle." His accusers, and later the Church Fathers, however, represented this otherwise. The Demon Star (1895) is Algol.

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demons in the Bible


Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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