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

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 How to pronounce demonically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of demonic in a Sentence

the villain in the movie cackled with demonic laughter

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Unlike other thrillers that ultimately reveal their frightening villains after endless teasing (Signs comes to mind as a prime example), Bird Box keeps its audience in the literal dark, save for a handful of demonic drawings in one scene. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Netflix's "Bird Box" Sculptor Reveals a Design for the Film's Unseen Monsters," 6 Jan. 2019 Among other findings, the research highlighted efforts to liken Mr. Trump to Jesus in social-media posts and vilify his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, as demonic. Dustin Volz, WSJ, "Russians Took Aim at Black Voters to Boost Trump, Reports to Senate Find," 17 Dec. 2018 What starts out as a nightmarish, nearly unbearable exploration of grief and death and mourning then shifts gears into a demonic-cult genre film. Allison P. Davis, The Cut, "Is Hereditary Really As Scary As Everyone Says?," 11 June 2018 By the end, it’s revealed that Annie’s mother was the leader of a demonic cult that stoked up drama from the afterlife so that the rest of her family can join her. Yohana Desta, HWD, "Let’s Talk about Hereditary’s Insane Ending," 8 June 2018 And the problem that's always been with this story is that while the separation issue is real, the idea that half the country is demonic and bigoted is a delusion. Fox News, "Trump signs order halting separation of families at border," 21 June 2018 That meant, some people feared, that younger occultists increasingly were embracing actual demonic acts in a return to Satanism’s truly evil roots., "How the 'Satanic Panic' shaped 1980s Oregon, sparking 'repressed memory' claims and murder," 13 Feb. 2018 The couple was the main dramatic catalyst in the first season, as the episodes followed the unraveling of their family, Vivien's demonic childbirth, and their subsequent deaths in the house. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Classic "American Horror Story" Characters Are Coming Back for "Apocalypse"," 31 Aug. 2018 Description: Critically appreciated but criminally low-rated, this moody exercise in terror initially focused on an affluent family in Chicago battling demonic forces. Trenesha N Striggles, azcentral, "Here's the shows you should binge-watch while it's hot outside," 27 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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