demon

noun de·mon \ ˈdē-mən \
variants: or

Definition of demon

1 a :an evil spirit
  • angels and demons
b :a source or agent of evil, harm, distress, or ruin
  • the demons of drug and alcohol addiction
  • confronting the demons of his childhood
2 usually daemon :an attendant (see 2attendant 1) power or spirit :genius
3 usually daemon , mythology :a supernatural being intermediate between gods and men
4 :one that has exceptional enthusiasm, drive, or effectiveness
  • a demon for work
  • Doug, putting like a demon, had birdies on the third and sixth …
  • —Fred Tupper

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

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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 1tide



DEMON Defined for English Language Learners

demon

noun

Definition of demon for English Language Learners

  • : 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


DEMON Defined for Kids

demon

noun de·mon \ ˈdē-mən \

Definition of demon for Students

1 :an evil spirit :devil
2 :a person of great energy or enthusiasm
  • a speed demon


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