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demoniac

[dih-moh-nee-ak, dee-muh-nahy-ak] /dɪˈmoʊ niˌæk, ˌdi məˈnaɪ æk/
adjective, Also, demoniacal
[dee-muh-nahy-uh-kuh l] /ˌdi məˈnaɪ ə kəl/ (Show IPA)
1.
of, pertaining to, or like a demon; demonic:
demoniac laughter.
2.
possessed by or as by an evil spirit; raging; frantic.
noun
3.
a person seemingly possessed by a demon or evil spirit.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Late Latin daemoniacus < Greek daimoniakós, equivalent to daimóni(os) pertaining to a daemon + -akos -ac
Related forms
demoniacally
[dee-muh-nahy-ik-lee] /ˌdi məˈnaɪ ɪk li/ (Show IPA),
adverb
Antonyms
1. angelic.
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Examples from the web for demoniac
  • There are times when a cackle of demoniac laughter is the sole salvation of sanity.
  • If war has its chivalry and its pageantry, it has also its hideousness and its demoniac woe.
  • Or by the owl, as he greeted the moon with demoniac laughter.
  • In his right hand this demoniac ruler held a long, thin sword, which was saturated with blood.
  • He ascribes to demoniac agency all his despairing thoughts and suicidal purposes.
British Dictionary definitions for demoniac

demoniac

/dɪˈməʊnɪˌæk/
adjective
1.
of, like, or suggestive of a demon; demonic
2.
suggesting inner possession or inspiration: the demoniac fire of genius
3.
frantic; frenzied; feverish: demoniac activity
noun
4.
a person possessed by an evil spirit or demon
Derived Forms
demoniacally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for demoniac
adj.

c.1400, "possessed, insane," earlier (late 14c.) as a noun, "one who is possessed," from Late Latin daemoniacus (c.200), from Greek daimoniakos "possessed by a demon," from diamon (see demon).

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