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daemon

[dee-muh n]
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noun
  1. Classical Mythology.
    1. a god.
    2. a subordinate deity, as the genius of a place or a person's attendant spirit.
  2. a demon.
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Also daimon.

Origin of daemon

< Latin daemōn a spirit, an evil spirit < Greek daímōn a deity, fate, fortune; compare daíesthai to distribute
Related formsdae·mon·ic [dih-mon-ik] /dɪˈmɒn ɪk/, dae·mon·is·tic [dee-muh-nis-tik] /ˌdi məˈnɪs tɪk/, adjective
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Related Words

phantom, devil, demon, soul, shadow, specter, vision, vampire, visitor, haunt, bogeyman, bogey, poltergeist, wraith, visitant, apparition, spook, phantasm, spirit, revenant

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  • "The daemon has been close to me too," said the son as he blew on the spark he had struck.

  • 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.

  • So that a man was to understand by Daemon, as well (sometimes) an Ague, as a Divell.

    Leviathan

    Thomas Hobbes

  • Not even for that Divinity or Daemon for which we all immolate so much!

    Coningsby

    Benjamin Disraeli


British Dictionary definitions for daemon

daemon

daimon

noun
  1. a demigod
  2. the guardian spirit of a place or person
  3. a variant spelling of demon (def. 3)
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Derived Formsdaemonic (diːˈmɒnɪk), adjective
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Word Origin and History for daemon

n.

alternative spelling (in specialized senses) of demon (q.v.). Related: Daemonic.

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