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[dee-muh-niz-uh m] /ˈdi məˌnɪz əm/
belief in demons.
the study of demons; demonology.
Origin of demonism
First recorded in 1690-1700; demon- + -ism
Related forms
demonist, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Uncleanness and the evil eye are dogmatic notions, products of demonism.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • demonism is the broadest and most primitive form of religion.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • The manifestations of demonism are, at least in Christian lands, vastly less conspicuous than in the first age of the Church.

  • The taboo then gradually became an autonomous power which has detached itself from demonism.

    Totem and Taboo Sigmund Freud
  • If she does not save him in this life, she'll save him from sinking lower in demonism.

    My Wife and I Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • On the one point of demonism there existed complete unanimity, and the sceptic fared equally hard with both parties.

    Religion & Sex Chapman Cohen
  • This is a concrete dogma and a primary inference from demonism.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • The demonism of him affected her less than a conception, feminine perhaps but erroneous, of her own selfishness.

    The Monster Edgar Saltus
  • The doctrine of the evil eye is plainly an immediate deduction from demonism.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • demonism sees gods in living organisms of every species—trees, animals, and men.

British Dictionary definitions for demonism


  1. belief in the existence and power of demons
  2. worship of demons
another word for demonology
Derived Forms
demonist, noun
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