Origin of demon
Definition for demon (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for demon
No matter how much he burrows into his mind, he must face the demon of death.The Walking Dead’s Luke Skywalker: Rick Grimes Is the Perfect Modern-Day Mythical Hero|Regina Lizik|October 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
While Ichabod is checking for non-existent cell service, Abbie learns that Moloch is planning to release a demon army on earth.Naked Ben Franklin Christens the Campy Return of ‘Sleepy Hollow’|Amy Zimmerman|September 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
What a demon, a behemoth, evil just seems to be seeping through him.
Occasionally, he will use the Bible as a sword, “stabbing” the possessed in the back to force the demon to engage.
He held it there, not breathing, waiting for the demon to say something.
If you cannot exorcise the demon of prejudice, you can chain him down to law and reason.The Life of John Marshall Volume 3 of 4|Albert J. Beveridge
That outstretched, mocking hand—was it what the abstainers called the "demon of drink?"A Republic Without a President and Other Stories|Herbert Ward
And often, he had had a curious fancy—to be a demon himself, imagine!Zut and Other Parisians|Guy Wetmore Carryl
Charles shrank back, and the word "Demon" unconsciously escaped his lips.Varney the Vampire|Thomas Preskett Prest
And doubtless with my smoke-grimed face and fiendish rage I looked a demon.The Cloister and the Hearth|Charles Reade
British Dictionary definitions for demon
- a person who is extremely skilful in, energetic at, or devoted to a given activity, esp a sporta demon at cycling
- (as modifier)a demon cyclist
Word Origin for demon
Word Origin and History for demon
c.1200, from Latin daemon "spirit," from Greek daimon "deity, divine power; lesser god; guiding spirit, tutelary deity" (sometimes including souls of the dead); "one's genius, lot, or fortune;" from PIE *dai-mon- "divider, provider" (of fortunes or destinies), from root *da- "to divide" (see tide).
Used (with daimonion) in Christian Greek translations and Vulgate for "god of the heathen" and "unclean spirit." Jewish authors earlier had employed the Greek word in this sense, using it to render shedim "lords, idols" in the Septuagint, and Matt. viii:31 has daimones, translated as deofol in Old English, feend or deuil in Middle English. Another Old English word for this was hellcniht, literally "hell-knight."
The original mythological sense is sometimes written daemon for purposes of distinction. The Demon of Socrates was a daimonion, a "divine principle or inward oracle." His accusers, and later the Church Fathers, however, represented this otherwise. The Demon Star (1895) is Algol.