- Classical Mythology.
- a god.
- a subordinate deity, as the genius of a place or a person's attendant spirit.
- a demon.
Origin of daemon
< Latin daemōn a spirit, an evil spirit < Greek daímōn a deity, fate, fortune; compare daíesthai to distribute
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Related Wordsphantom, devil, demon, soul, shadow, specter, vision, vampire, visitor, haunt, bogeyman, bogey, poltergeist, wraith, visitant, apparition, spook, phantasm, spirit, revenant
Examples from the Web for daemon
Daemon by Daniel Suarez “One of the only works of fiction I've read in years… a terrific bit of sci-fi.”Chris Anderson's Must-Reads
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"The daemon has been close to me too," said the son as he blew on the spark he had struck.Serapis, Complete
Suddenly the moment had come when the daemon wakes and begins to range.Trent's Last Case
E.C. (Edmund Clerihew) Bentley
Guidance of Daemon does not interfere with responsibility, iii.Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 4
So that a man was to understand by Daemon, as well (sometimes) an Ague, as a Divell.Leviathan
Not even for that Divinity or Daemon for which we all immolate so much!Coningsby
- a demigod
- the guardian spirit of a place or person
- a variant spelling of demon (def. 3)
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Word Origin and History for daemon
alternative spelling (in specialized senses) of demon (q.v.). Related: Daemonic.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper