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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Other Words from demonic

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

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This new graphic novel from DC’s YA imprint DC Ink does a much better job of situating Raven in high school, where mean girls and first dates take up as much time as demonic conspiracies. Christian Holub,, "5 comics to read this July: Reimagining classic concepts," 3 July 2019 Attempts to keep Annabelle locked up and out of trouble, of course, prove fruitless and the demonic toy is soon scaring the dickens out of the couple’s young daughter. Randy Myers, The Mercury News, "Weekend movies: ‘Annabelle’ is back; the Beatles disappear in ‘Yesterday’," 26 June 2019 The film stars its namesake, Annabelle, a demonic doll said by famed paranormal investigators demonologists Lorraine and Ed Warren to be haunted. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Spine-tingling fun, ‘Annabelle’ artifact tour screams into Houston," 26 June 2019 That’d be Annabelle, the macabre doll/demonic conduit who’s appeared in more films than Ed’s guitar skills. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "All 'The Conjuring' horror movies, ranked (including new 'Annabelle Comes Home')," 25 June 2019 Tao did, however, take advantage of the modern piano’s wider dynamic range than the fortepiano that Mozart used, at times surging out in an almost demonic fashion. Ken Jacques, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Tao wows and Francis dances in Mainly Mozart final concert," 23 June 2019 By portraying the Führer as an all-dominating, quasi-demonic figure, Fest effectively placed less blame on the Weimar Republic conservatives who put Hitler in office. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "How American Racism Influenced Hitler," 23 Apr. 2018 In her 1948 masterpiece, Ms. Arango, a Medellín native, rendered her grotesque figures, both priestly and demonic, spiraling downward along a church bell tower set amid a city inflamed. Elizabeth Zach, New York Times, "Colombia’s Museum of Modern Art Celebrates Its 40th Year," 10 Mar. 2018 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

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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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