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

Definition of demonic

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

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

Examples of demonic in a Sentence

the villain in the movie cackled with demonic laughter
Recent Examples on the Web One temptation, which was common in West Germany in the 1950s, is to dismiss the Nazi era as a freakish accident, a monstrous aberration brought on by one demonic leader. Ian Buruma, Harper's Magazine, "Teutomania," 23 June 2020 This entertaining and joyfully grisly horror-comedy anthology unleashes seven tales sending up clichés from a bunch of different subgenres (slasher flick, demonic possession, etc.), all revolving around an old-school video store. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "What to stream this weekend: Kevin Bacon chiller 'You Should Have Left,' 'Dads' documentary for Father's Day," 19 June 2020 Suharto and his men claimed that the Indonesian Communist Party had brought the generals back to Halim Air Force Base and begun a depraved, demonic ritual. Vincent Bevins, The New York Review of Books, "How ‘Jakarta’ Became the Codeword for US-Backed Mass Killing," 20 May 2020 The more actively demonic the character, the better Dormer is, and her sneering, pansexual, Zoot suit-wearing incarnation is an utter scene-stealer. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Penny Dreadful: City of Angels': TV Review," 24 Apr. 2020 The worst offenders are the damned denominators—often unknown, unspoken, misused, dubious, deceptive, dopey, even demonic. Kc Cole, Wired, "Those Damn Denominators," 23 Apr. 2020 McCarthy’s demonic dramas enact something similar on the moral plane. James Matthew Wilson, National Review, "Great American Fiction and the Catholic Literary Imagination," 16 Apr. 2020 Romanus burned the dragon at the stake, and, although the dragon’s body turned to ash, its head, apparently made of some kind of demonic or dragonic Kevlar, would not catch fire. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, "The Endurance of Notre-Dame," 12 Apr. 2020 Not only that, but Harry Kane has enjoyed demonic form against the Saints in recent encounters, scoring in each of his last five appearances versus Southampton (seven goals). Si Wire,, "Tottenham vs. Southampton Live Stream: Watch Online, TV Channel, Time," 28 Sep. 2019

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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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29 Jun 2020

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“Demonic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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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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