noun de·mon \ˈdē-mən\

: 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

Full Definition of DEMON

a :  an evil spirit
b :  a source or agent of evil, harm, distress, or ruin
usually daemon :  an attendant power or spirit :  genius
usually daemon :  a supernatural being of Greek mythology intermediate between gods and men
:  one that has exceptional enthusiasm, drive, or effectiveness <a demon for work>
de·mo·ni·an \di-ˈmō-nē-ən\ adjective
de·mon·i·za·tion \ˌdē-mə-nə-ˈzā-shən\ noun
de·mon·ize \ˈdē-mə-ˌnīz\ transitive verb

Variants of DEMON

de·mon or dae·mon \ˈdē-mən\

Examples of DEMON

  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>

Origin 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

Other Occult Terms

augury, censor, invocation, lucidity, metempsychosis, mojo, numinous, preternatural, weird, wraith
DEMONIAN Defined for Kids


noun de·mon \ˈdē-mən\

Definition of DEMON for Kids

:  an evil spirit :  devil
:  a person of great energy or enthusiasm <a speed demon>


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