demonology

noun
de·​mon·​ol·​o·​gy | \ ˌdē-mə-ˈnä-lə-jē How to pronounce demonology (audio) \

Definition of demonology

1 : the study of demons or evil spirits
2 : belief in demons : a doctrine of evil spirits
3 : a catalog of enemies the liberal creed at that time put Big Business in a central place in its demonology— Carl Kaysen

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Other Words from demonology

demonological \ ˌdē-​mə-​nə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce demonology (audio) \ adjective
demonologist \ ˌdē-​mə-​ˈnä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce demonology (audio) \ noun

Examples of demonology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Thomas utilizes the genre to tell this story that uses Jewish lore and demonology to talk about memory, catharsis and trauma; Davis’ incredible performance brings a deeply sad and rueful element to the film. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Horror movie ‘The Vigil’ effectively explores grief and trauma through a Jewish lens," 24 Feb. 2021 This emphasis on demonology — that evil spirits may attach themselves to us — seems to have been particularly important to Chad and Lori Daybell. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Jana Riess: Chad Daybell’s strange end times beliefs are not Mormon theology, says historian," 18 Aug. 2020 Returning to the series’ roots, the new movie opens on Ed and Lorraine Warren, characters based on real-life husband-and-wife consultants of demonology and witchcraft. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Review: ‘Annabelle Comes Home’ is good, dumb fun," 28 June 2019 Returning to the series’ roots, the new movie opens on Ed and Lorraine Warren, characters based on real-life husband-and-wife consultants of demonology and witchcraft. Michael O’sullivan, Houston Chronicle, "‘Annabelle Comes Home’ is good, dumb - and scary - summer fun," 27 June 2019 Returning to the series’ roots, the new movie opens on Ed and Lorraine Warren, characters based on real-life husband-and-wife consultants of demonology and witchcraft. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Review: ‘Annabelle Comes Home’ is good, dumb fun," 28 June 2019 Returning to the series’ roots, the new movie opens on Ed and Lorraine Warren, characters based on real-life husband-and-wife consultants of demonology and witchcraft. Michael O’sullivan, Houston Chronicle, "‘Annabelle Comes Home’ is good, dumb - and scary - summer fun," 27 June 2019 Returning to the series’ roots, the new movie opens on Ed and Lorraine Warren, characters based on real-life husband-and-wife consultants of demonology and witchcraft. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Review: ‘Annabelle Comes Home’ is good, dumb fun," 28 June 2019 Returning to the series’ roots, the new movie opens on Ed and Lorraine Warren, characters based on real-life husband-and-wife consultants of demonology and witchcraft. Michael O’sullivan, Houston Chronicle, "‘Annabelle Comes Home’ is good, dumb - and scary - summer fun," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of demonology

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for demonology

demon + -o- + -logy

Note: Word introduced by King James VI of Scotland (later James I of England) in his Daemonologie, in forme of a Dialogue, diuided into three bookes (Edinburgh, 1597). New Latin daemonologia occurs commonly in the 17th century, but is apparently not attested earlier than King James' dissertation in English.

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“Demonology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/demonology. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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