de·mon·ic | \ di-ˈmä-nik , dē- \
variants: or less commonly demonical \-ni-kəl \

Definition of demonic 

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

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demonically \-ni-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for demonic


demoniac (also demoniacal), demonian, devilish, diabolical (or diabolic), fiendish, satanic


angelic (or angelical)

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Examples of demonic in a Sentence

the villain in the movie cackled with demonic laughter

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June remains in Gilead, staring up out of her red robe like some demonic angel of revenge., "The Handmaid's Tale Recap Season 2, Episode 13: The Martha Express," 11 July 2018 For the next 30 seconds, the bombs came at them with demonic accuracy. William Langewiesche, The Atlantic, "An Extraordinarily Expensive Way to Fight ISIS," 21 June 2018 The museum is housed in a 1938 Tudor mansion, reportedly the site of dark and demonic happenings in the 1970s. Kim Windyka, Daily Intelligencer, "The 9 Best Offbeat Museums to Visit in Las Vegas," 16 June 2018 Thumps and grunts keep the rhythm while a synthesizer bears down from above like some demonic organ. Christine Werthman, Billboard, "serpentwithfeet's Josiah Wise Wants to Nurture His Inner LOL," 8 June 2018 Its dizzying plot twists included cult brainwashing and demonic possession. New York Times, "Robert Mandan, Philandering Husband on ‘Soap,’ Dies at 86," 8 June 2018 Details are kept secret but the story will once again focus on the porcelain doll that is possessed by a demonic force. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Annabelle: Creation' Sequel in the Works With Gary Dauberman Directing (Exclusive)," 27 Apr. 2018 The Warriors didn’t blow a 3-1 lead because the Cavs practiced witchcraft or called in demonic favors. Nathaniel Friedman, GQ, "Kevin Durant Is in a Tricky Spot," 9 June 2018 Considered quite edgy at the time, the show often boasted outrageous story arcs involving alien abductions, demonic possession and murder trials. Randy Cordova, azcentral, "'Soap' actor Robert Mandan dies," 4 June 2018

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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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The first known use of demonic was in 1662

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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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