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demonology

or dae·mon·ol·o·gy

[dee-muh-nol-uh-jee]
noun
  1. the study of demons or of beliefs about demons.
  2. belief in demons.
  3. a group of persons or things regarded as evil or pernicious.
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Origin of demonology

First recorded in 1590–1600; demono- + -logy
Related formsde·mon·o·log·ic [dee-muh-nl-oj-ik] /ˌdi mə nlˈɒdʒ ɪk/, de·mon·o·log·i·cal, adjectivede·mon·o·log·i·cal·ly, adverbde·mon·ol·o·gist, noun
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Examples from the Web for demonological

Historical Examples

  • In South Africa a parallel myth, in its demonological aspect, bears no trace of a cloud origin.

    Demonology and Devil-lore

    Moncure Daniel Conway

  • An infinite number of guardian spirits is included in the Burman demonological system.

  • This seal of the devil is a small sign-manual, which, as demonological jurisconsults affirm, renders the skin insensible.

    A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 2 (of 10)

    Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)

  • Others of the practices enumerated, probably the greater part of them, spring from demonological beliefs.


British Dictionary definitions for demonological

demonology

noun
  1. Also called: demonism the study of demons or demonic beliefs
  2. a set of people or things that are disliked or held in low esteemthe place occupied by Hitler in contemporary demonology
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Derived Formsdemonological (ˌdiːmənəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectivedemonologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for demonological

demonology

n.

1590s; see demon + -ology.

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