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  1. a person thought to be possessed by an evil spirit
  2. a fanatic or zealot
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Word Origin

C18: via Late Latin from Greek energoumenos having been worked on, from energein to be in action, from energos effective; see energy
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Historical Examples

  • His verses I detest, but I love to hear him recite them—he has the air of an energumen.

    Diderot and the Encyclopdists

    John Morley

  • This, then, is that energumen whom we are so frightened of in the provinces!