Definition of demon
- angels and demons
- the demons of drug and alcohol addiction
- confronting the demons of his childhood
- a demon for work
- Doug, putting like a demon, had birdies on the third and sixth …
- —Fred Tupper
only in rare cases is the ancient rite of exorcism performed to cast out a troublesome demon
a man who was finally able to conquer his demons and kick his drug habit
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'demon.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
: 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
What made you want to look up demon? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).
Merriam-Webster's New Words Quiz—Fall 2017 Edition!
Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.TAKE THE QUIZ
Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.TAKE THE QUIZ