demonology

noun
de·​mon·​ol·​o·​gy | \ˌdē-mə-ˈnä-lə-jē \

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 \ adjective
demonologist \-​ˈnä-​lə-​jist \ noun

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To answer these questions, and more, the Cut spoke to witches and demonology experts. Madeleine Aggeler, The Cut, "‘It’s Pretty Involved’: Witches Explain How to Summon the Demon From Hereditary," 15 June 2018 In the demonology of the left, the Kochs are tantamount to Satan. Jeff Jacoby, BostonGlobe.com, "Pro-immigrant Republicans, from Lincoln to the Koch brothers," 15 June 2018 Ethnographers recorded various accounts of all aspects of village life at the time, and demonology figures show up prominently. Joshua Rapp Learn, Smithsonian, "Burials Unearthed in Poland Open the Casket on The Secret Lives of Vampires," 28 Oct. 2017

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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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