Origin of demonic
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1. frantic, frenzied, obsessed, possessed.
- 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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Examples from the Web for daemonic
There is in the music a daemonic quality, inherent in the subject, that somehow vanishes with the concrete tale.
That which I called the daemonic I had encountered for the first time outside my own mind in Lermontof's hero.
I was daemonic in giving myself this reply it seemed to me that I had solved the riddle of my nature.
Wherein the 'daemonic element,' that lurks in all human things, may doubtless, some once in the thousand years—get vent!
National Death; or else some preternatural convulsive outburst of National Life;—that same, daemonic outburst!
- of, relating to, or characteristic of a demon; fiendish
- inspired or possessed by a demon, or seemingly sodemonic laughter
- 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 daemonic
alternative spelling (in specialized senses) of demon (q.v.). Related: Daemonic.
1660s, from Latin daemonicus, from daemon (see demon). Demonical is from late 15c.
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