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demon

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noun de·mon \ˈdē-mən\

Simple Definition of demon

  • : an evil spirit

  • : a person who has a lot of energy or enthusiasm

  • : something that causes a person to have a lot of trouble or unhappiness

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of demon

  1. 1 a :  an evil spirit b :  a source or agent of evil, harm, distress, or ruin

  2. 2 usually daemon :  an attendant power or spirit :  genius

  3. 3 usually daemon :  a supernatural being of Greek mythology intermediate between gods and men

  4. 4 :  one that has exceptional enthusiasm, drive, or effectiveness <a demon for work>

demonian

play \di-ˈmō-nē-ən\ adjective

demonization

play \ˌdē-mə-nə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

demonize

play \ˈdē-mə-ˌnīz\ transitive verb

Examples of demon in a sentence

  1. <only in rare cases is the ancient rite of exorcism performed to cast out a troublesome demon>

  2. <a man who was finally able to conquer his demons and kick his drug habit>



Variants of demon

or

daemon

Origin and Etymology of demon

Middle English demon, from Late Latin & Latin; Late Latin daemon evil spirit, from Latin, divinity, spirit, from Greek daimōn, probably from daiesthai to distribute — more at tide


First Known Use: 13th century



DEMON Defined for Kids

demon

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noun de·mon \ˈdē-mən\

Definition of demon for Students

  1. 1 :  an evil spirit :  devil

  2. 2 :  a person of great energy or enthusiasm <a speed demon>





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