[dee-muh n]


Classical Mythology.
  1. a god.
  2. a subordinate deity, as the genius of a place or a person's attendant spirit.
a demon.

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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Contemporary Examples of daemon

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Historical Examples of daemon

  • "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.


    Thomas Hobbes

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


    Benjamin Disraeli

British Dictionary definitions for daemon




a demigod
the guardian spirit of a place or person
a variant spelling of demon (def. 3)
Derived Formsdaemonic (diːˈmɒnɪk), adjective
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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