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

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 Although conversations on this chat show extend beyond crime and cults to conspiracy theories and demonology, LPOTL deserves its spot on this list as a pioneer of the genre. Brenna Ehrlich, Rolling Stone, 3 July 2022 Magic words and letters play their part in these dogmas of demonology, which dip far down into the glooming depths of human credulity. Robert Shackleton, Harper’s Magazine , 25 May 2022 Lilith became the subject of numerous tales during the Middle Ages, a period rife with demonology and superstition. Roy Schwartz, CNN, 2 Apr. 2022 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 28 June 2019 See More

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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 15 Aug. 2022.

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