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demoniac

[dih-moh-nee-ak, dee-muh-nahy-ak]
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adjective Also de·mo·ni·a·cal [dee-muh-nahy-uh-kuhl] /ˌdi məˈnaɪ ə kəl/.
  1. of, relating to, or like a demon; demonic: demoniac laughter.
  2. possessed by or as by an evil spirit; raging; frantic.
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noun
  1. a person seemingly possessed by a demon or evil spirit.
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Origin of demoniac

1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin daemoniacus < Greek daimoniakós, equivalent to daimóni(os) pertaining to a daemon + -akos -ac
Related formsde·mo·ni·a·cal·ly [dee-muh-nahy-ik-lee] /ˌdi məˈnaɪ ɪk li/, adverb

Antonyms for demoniac

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Historical Examples of demoniac

  • It was with the greatest difficulty that I was delivered from the clutches of this demoniac.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • Martha Brossier, daughter of a weaver at Romorantin, was shown as a demoniac, in 1578.

    The Phantom World

    Augustin Calmet

  • But the path of these demoniac men was marked by the ravages of fiends.

  • It looked a demoniac place, a smoke-wreathed platform in some Inferno circle.

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

  • A great, black, cylindrical shell came with a demoniac shriek.

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston


British Dictionary definitions for demoniac

demoniac

adjective also: demoniacal (ˌdiːməˈnaɪəkəl)
  1. of, like, or suggestive of a demon; demonic
  2. suggesting inner possession or inspirationthe demoniac fire of genius
  3. frantic; frenzied; feverishdemoniac activity
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noun
  1. a person possessed by an evil spirit or demon
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Derived Formsdemoniacally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for demoniac

adj.

c.1400, "possessed, insane," earlier (late 14c.) as a noun, "one who is possessed," from Late Latin daemoniacus (c.200), from Greek daimoniakos "possessed by a demon," from diamon (see demon).

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