de·​mon·​ic | \ di-ˈmä-nik How to pronounce demonic (audio) , dē- \
variants: or less commonly demonical \ di-​ˈmä-​ni-​kəl How to pronounce demonic (audio) , dē-​ \

Definition of demonic

: of, relating to, or suggestive of a demon : fiendish demonic cruelty demonic laughter

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Other Words from demonic

demonically \ di-​ˈmä-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce demonic (audio) , dē-​ \ adverb

Examples of demonic in a Sentence

the villain in the movie cackled with demonic laughter
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First Known Use of demonic

1662, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for demonic

borrowed from Late Latin daemonicus, borrowed from Greek daemonikós, from daimon-, daímōn "superhuman power, spirit intermediate between gods and humans, demon" + -ikos -ic entry 1

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6 Jun 2021

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“Demonic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of demonic

: caused or done by a demon : of, relating to, or like a demon

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