demon

noun
de·​mon | \ ˈdē-mən How to pronounce demon (audio) \
variants: or
plural demons

Definition of demon

1a : an evil spirit angels and demons
b : a source or agent of evil, harm, distress, or ruin the demons of drug and alcohol addiction confronting the demons of his childhood
2 usually daemon : an attendant (see attendant entry 2 sense 1) power or spirit : genius
3 usually daemon, mythology : a supernatural being whose nature is intermediate between that of a god and that of a human being
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
5 daemon : a software program or process that runs in the background A mailer daemon installed on an e-mail system can respond to a piece of incorrectly addressed e-mail by generating an automated message to the sender that the message was undeliverable.— J. D. Biersdorfer

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Other Words from demon

demonian \ di-​ˈmō-​nē-​ən How to pronounce demonian (audio) \ adjective
demonization \ ˌdē-​mə-​nə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce demonization (audio) \ noun
demonize \ ˈdē-​mə-​ˌnīz How to pronounce demonize (audio) \ transitive verb

Examples of demon in a Sentence

only in rare cases is the ancient rite of exorcism performed to cast out a troublesome demon a man who was finally able to conquer his demons and kick his drug habit

Recent Examples on the Web

Each student made a meat turner, with a sharp, curled tip to hook a steak, a two-pronged fork that resembled demon horns, and a spatula or shovel — along with matching hangers. Josh Baugh, ExpressNews.com, "In San Antonio, old-world blacksmithing yields new tools," 17 June 2019 The first season dealt with Jessica confronting her (literal) demon and the second with her confronting her origin; the third was their chance to have Jessica confront herself. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "The Marvel-Netflix Universe’s Final Hero," 14 June 2019 All three of these elements combined to keep me doing more of what made the 2016 series refresh so fun: bouncing, dashing, blasting, bashing, and ultimately bathing in demons' rainbows of weirdly colored blood and gore. Sam Machkovech And Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "The best games, demos, and tech of E3 2019," 14 June 2019 The follow up to 2016’s reboot of the classic 90s first-person shooter, Doom Eternal lets players kill demons in extreme and entertaining ways. Time, "Missed the E3 News? Here Are the Games and Consoles We're Most Excited About," 11 June 2019 So this will be a heck of a story, if the Blues can shake those demons — and beat Rask, and overcome a team that has been there, done that. Matt Porter, BostonGlobe.com, "For Game 7, Bruins are counting on their Stanley Cup experience," 11 June 2019 The Stars collected nine hits for the game and were demons on the base paths with four players notching two steals each. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, "Plantation Stars shine bright in winning travel baseball title," 6 June 2019 D'Arcy Carden has posted a clip of Kristen Bell in a suspicious demon-like outfit: Jameela Jamil also recently posted a picture of her getting ready to smooch what looks like Eleanor's pet lizard from season 3. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Season 4 of 'The Good Place' Sounds Like It Will Be the Most Righteous One Yet," 3 May 2019 Two factors let the bacteria solutions succeed where demons and microgears don’t. Quanta Magazine, "Swarming Bacteria Create an ‘Impossible’ Superfluid," 26 July 2018

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First Known Use of demon

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for demon

Middle English, "evil spirit," borrowed from Late Latin daemōn "evil spirit, pagan deity, idol," going back to Latin, "supernatural being, spirit intermediate between humans and gods," borrowed from Greek daimon-, daímōn "superhuman power, variably evil or beneficent, intervening in human affairs, fate" (Homeric), "personal spirit, bringing luck or ill, that accompanies an individual," "spirit intermediate between humans and gods" (Plato), "evil spirit" (New Testament), probably from dai-, stem of daísthetai "to divide, allocate" + -mōn, deverbal noun and adjective suffix — more at tide entry 1

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The first known use of demon was before the 12th century

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demon

noun

English Language Learners Definition of demon

: an evil spirit
informal : a person who has a lot of energy or enthusiasm
: something that causes a person to have a lot of trouble or unhappiness

demon

noun
de·​mon | \ ˈdē-mən How to pronounce demon (audio) \

Kids Definition of demon

1 : an evil spirit : devil
2 : a person of great energy or enthusiasm a speed demon

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