demon

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noun de·mon \ˈdē-mən\
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Definition of demon

  1. 1a :  an evil spirit angels and demonsb :  a source or agent of evil, harm, distress, or ruin the demons of drug and alcohol addiction confronting the demons of his childhood

  2. 2 usually daemon :  an attendant (see 2attendant 1) power or spirit :  genius

  3. 3 usually daemon mythology :  a supernatural being intermediate between gods and men

  4. 4 :  one that has exceptional enthusiasm, drive, or effectiveness a demon for work Doug, putting like a demon, had birdies on the third and sixth … — Fred Tupper

demonian

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demonization

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demonize

play \ˈdē-mə-ˌnīz\ transitive verb

Examples of demon in a Sentence

  1. only in rare cases is the ancient rite of exorcism performed to cast out a troublesome demon

  2. a man who was finally able to conquer his demons and kick his drug habit

Origin and Etymology of demon

Middle English demon, from Late Latin & Latin; Late Latin daemon evil spirit, from Latin, divinity, spirit, from Greek daimōn, probably from daiesthai to distribute — more at 1tide


First Known Use: 13th century



DEMON Defined for English Language Learners

demon

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noun de·mon \ˈdē-mən\

Definition of demon for English Language Learners

  • : an evil spirit

  • : a person who has a lot of energy or enthusiasm

  • : something that causes a person to have a lot of trouble or unhappiness


DEMON Defined for Kids

demon

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noun de·mon \ˈdē-mən\

Definition of demon for Students

  1. 1 :  an evil spirit :  devil

  2. 2 :  a person of great energy or enthusiasm a speed demon



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