- an evil spirit; devil or fiend.
- an evil passion or influence.
- a person considered extremely wicked, evil, or cruel.
- a person with great energy, drive, etc.: He's a demon for work.
- a person, especially a child, who is very mischievous: His younger son is a real little demon.
- Australian Slang. a policeman, especially a detective.
- of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or noting a demon.
- possessed or controlled by a demon.
Origin of demon
- variant of demono- before a vowel: demonism.
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
October 28, 2014
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’
September 23, 2014
What a demon, a behemoth, evil just seems to be seeping through him.13 Celebrities Who Dissed Justin Bieber
August 7, 2014
He fashioned BOB, the demon spirit who lived in the Black Lodge, but such an explanation satisfied precious few of us.‘True Detective,’ Obsessive-Compulsive Noir, and ‘Twin Peaks’
March 14, 2014
Occasionally, he will use the Bible as a sword, “stabbing” the possessed in the back to force the demon to engage.My $295 Skype Exorcism
February 6, 2014
The painter can accumulate ugliness, but I do not remember a demon worth the name.
Truly a demon had possessed him: might not an angel have been by him as he slept?
All that fiendish cruelty and the demon of destruction could do was done.The Roof of France
Diablo was cutting down the lead the other two held over him, galloping like a demon.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
With your lying tongue you have changed her into a demon to persecute me!Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
- an evil spirit or devil
- a person, habit, obsession, etc, thought of as evil, cruel, or persistently tormenting
- Also called: daemon, daimon an attendant or ministering spirit; geniusthe demon of inspiration
- 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
- a variant spelling of daemon (def. 1)
- Australian and NZ informal, archaic a detective or policeman
- computing a part of a computer program, such as a help facility, that can run in the background behind the current task or application, and which will only begin to work when certain conditions are met or when it is specifically invoked
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.