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demoniac

adjective de·mo·ni·ac \ di-ˈmō-nē-ˌak \
variants: or less commonly demoniacal play \ˌdē-mə-ˈnī-ə-kəl\
Updated on: 28 Feb 2018
1 : possessed or influenced by a demon
2 : demonic
  • demoniac rage

demoniacally

play \ˌdē-mə-ˈnī-ə-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of demoniac in a Sentence

  1. the murderer seemed possessed by a demoniac wish to destroy life

Origin and Etymology of demoniac

Middle English demonyak, borrowed from Anglo-French & Late Latin; Anglo-French demoniac, borrowed from Late Latin daemoniacus, borrowed from Greek daimoniakós, from daimónion "evil spirit" (Septuagint, New Testament), "divine power, lesser divine being" (noun derivative from neuter of daimónios, adjective derivative of daímōn "superhuman power, spirit intermediate between gods and humans") + -akos -ac — more at demon

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demoniac

noun
: one possessed by a demon

Origin and Etymology of demoniac

Middle English demonyak, borrowed from Anglo-French & Late Latin; Anglo-French demoniac, borrowed from Late Latin daemoniacus, noun derivative of daemoniacus 1demoniac


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