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demonism

[dee-muh-niz-uh m]
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noun
  1. belief in demons.
  2. the study of demons; demonology.

Origin of demonism

First recorded in 1690–1700; demon- + -ism
Related formsde·mon·ist, noun
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Examples from the Web for demonism

Historical Examples

  • This is a concrete dogma and a primary inference from demonism.

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    William Graham Sumner

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

    Folkways</p>

    William Graham Sumner

  • Uncleanness and the evil eye are dogmatic notions, products of demonism.

    Folkways</p>

    William Graham Sumner

  • Demonism is the broadest and most primitive form of religion.

    Folkways</p>

    William Graham Sumner

  • The answer is that the ideas of demonism were a 532part of the mental outfit of the period.

    Folkways</p>

    William Graham Sumner


British Dictionary definitions for demonism

demonism

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