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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Other Words from demonic

demonically \ -​ni-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

Examples of demonic in a Sentence

the villain in the movie cackled with demonic laughter

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That also goes for evil clowns and demonic spirits. Valerie Bauerlein, WSJ, "New Immersive Haunted Houses Mean More Thrills for Guests—More Rules for Zombies," 26 Oct. 2018 One of the main things the women of Sabrina have going for them in their fight against demonic machismo is that they aren't pitted against each other. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Is Dark and Scary, But Not in the Way You Think," 26 Oct. 2018 Flanagan’s ravenous haunted house is full of terrors like the broken-necked lady, the demonic flapper, and the seductive room — all of them adding to the show’s shiver-inducing atmosphere. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "How Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House uses color to underscore its horror," 26 Oct. 2018 Unlike its humanoid counterparts, which cover both cute and cuddly and demonic-looking variants, the smooth, black robot snake is controlled remotely by a PC and a Playstation controller. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "You Can't Unsee This Robot Snake Scaling a Ladder," 10 Oct. 2018 Prosecutors say the boy died in late December 2017 as his heartbeat faded in and out during a religious ritual aimed at casting out demonic spirits. Morgan Lee, Fox News, "New Mexico judges weigh dangerousness of compound defendants," 29 Aug. 2018 The vigorous debates in Byzantine cultures about whether, for example, magical texts were demonic suggest that these works continued to have influence in Christian Europe. Bettany Hughes, New York Times, "How Christians Destroyed the Ancient World," 8 June 2018 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

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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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English Language Learners Definition of demonic

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

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