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  1. inspired as if by a demon, indwelling spirit, or genius.
  2. demoniac(def 1).
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Also de·mon·i·cal.

Origin of demonic

1655–65; < Late Latin daemonicus < Greek daimonikós, equivalent to daimon- demon- + -ikos -ic
Related formsde·mon·i·cal·ly, adverbsu·per·de·mon·ic, adjective


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Historical Examples

  • It burns at certain times and places with a fierce and demonic glow.

    A Tour of the Missions

    Augustus Hopkins Strong

  • But what did it matter, after all, whether he were demonic or not, and whether she loved him or hated him?

  • The extreme point of demonic power has always been held by the Serpent.

    Demonology and Devil-lore

    Moncure Daniel Conway

  • We are tumultuous Mirabeau, with his demonic but generous soul.

    Nineteenth Century Questions

    James Freeman Clarke

  • To all races there has been something devilish, or at least demonic, in the action of leaven.

    Essays in Rebellion

    Henry W. Nevinson

British Dictionary definitions for demonic


  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of a demon; fiendish
  2. inspired or possessed by a demon, or seemingly sodemonic laughter
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Derived Formsdemonically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for demonic


1660s, from Latin daemonicus, from daemon (see demon). Demonical is from late 15c.

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