Origin of demon
Other definitions for demon (2 of 2)
WORDS THAT USE DEMON-
What does demon- mean?
Demon- comes from the Greek daimónion, meaning “thing of divine nature” and ultimate source of the English word demon. Among Jewish and Christian writers, daimónion was used to mean “evil spirit.”
Demon- is a variant of demono-, which loses its –o– when combined with words or word elements beginning with vowels.
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Examples of demon-
One example of a theological term that features the combining form demon- is demonism, which can refer to the belief in or study of demons.
The first part of the word, demon- means “demon,” as we’ve seen. What about the -ism part of the word? The suffix -ism can refer to a kind of “theory” or a “devotion or adherence” to something. So, demonism literally translates to “demon devotion.”
What are some words that use or are related to the combining form demon-?
What are some other forms that demon- may be commonly confused with?
Not every word that begins with the exact letters demon- is necessarily using the combining form demon- to denote “demon,” such as demonym or demonetize. Learn their meaning and uses at our entries for the words.
How to use demon in a sentence
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.
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’|Jimmy So|March 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In a sharp voice, Larson commanded the attention of my demon.
It may be noted in passing that in the three miracles in Matthew of exorcising a blinding demon the title “Son of David” is used.Solomon and Solomonic Literature|Moncure Daniel Conway
And so saying, the mis-shapen little demon set up a hideous yell, and danced upon the ground as if frantic with rage.Oliver Twist, Vol. II (of 3)|Charles Dickens
Tom meekly did as he was bid, but in his heart there raged the passions of a demon, and he swore Mark Grafton should die.The Courier of the Ozarks|Byron A. Dunn
In The Demon I have found some beautiful things, but a good deal of padding, too.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky|Modeste Tchaikovsky
"Either they or some demon changelings," answered the old man, rocking to and fro upon the mats.The Dragon Painter|Mary McNeil Fenollosa
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