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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, relating 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 of demoniac
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 demoniacal
Historical Examples
  • It was as though the chair and the rug and the clock had become possessed with some demoniacal spirit.

    Virginia Ellen Glasgow
  • demoniacal possession was a mania in France in the seventeenth century.

  • Herne's triumphant and demoniacal laugh was heard as he scoured with the swiftness of the wind down the long glade.

    Windsor Castle William Harrison Ainsworth
  • They also believe in the existence of a demoniacal hierarchy.

  • That shape, brushing past him in the darkness—the hollow, demoniacal laugh?

  • It is now believed that the patient is free from all demoniacal attacks.

  • Before the altar were two figures; the most unearthly, horrible—indeed, I may say demoniacal—I have ever set eyes on.

  • Would you also create for yourself and the world a demoniacal enemy?

    Frankenstein Mary W. Shelley
  • One witch, on condition of receiving a pardon, agreed to show the demoniacal operations gone through at the "Sabbath" meetings.

  • The completion of my demoniacal design became an insatiable passion.

    Frankenstein Mary W. Shelley
British Dictionary definitions for demoniacal

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 demoniacal

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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