Definition of demonic in English:

demonic

adjective

  • 1Relating to or characteristic of demons or evil spirits.

    ‘demonic possession’
    ‘her laughter was demonic’
    • ‘They are forced to swallow and later regurgitate foreign objects, which Onokoko then displays as proof of demonic possession.’
    • ‘Even today, Levitation is often thought to be involved in cases of demonic possession.’
    • ‘The whole house and yard were cleaned thoroughly to banish all bad joss and demonic spirits.’
    • ‘She shoved past a merchant selling amulets to ward against evil entities and demonic sprites.’
    • ‘He is not pessimistic due to the fact that there is no credible evidence for the reality of demonic possession.’
    • ‘It was my first experience of being addressed by a demonic spirit through someone else's lips.’
    • ‘So clearly we must have two different people here, or a schizophrenic, or a case of demonic possession.’
    • ‘What made the 1973 film stand out was that it set its demonic possession in a humdrum modern-day context.’
    • ‘Curtis wanted me to play him as a psychotic, demonic character.’
    • ‘Was there some evil demonic being looking to recruit unsuspecting people for a diabolical plan?’
    • ‘The demonic glowing eyes he carried gazed upon the spirit of Phyoni, grimacing at the sight.’
    • ‘I eventually gave up and called a priest to come over and exorcise the demonic spirits.’
    • ‘I could now distinguish the difference between human evil and demonic evil it seemed.’
    • ‘The appearance may just be your psychological patterns, but for you it is a spirit, it is demonic, and it is real.’
    • ‘In the early Middle Ages popular superstition began to associate witchcraft with demonic possession and the rejection of God.’
    • ‘In fact, she showed many of the classic signs of advanced demonic possession.’
    • ‘Beliefs in magic and demonic possession look mad to us now, but they were naive attempts to establish causal relations and to control the world.’
    • ‘He also well knew that demonic violence has long characterized human affairs.’
    • ‘The broadly gashed mouth gives it a fierce expression, like that of Chinese demonic masks.’
    • ‘There is no such thing as demonic possession; and in just the same way there is no such thing as knowledge of the external world.’
    devilish, demoniac, demoniacal, diabolic, diabolical, fiendish, satanic, mephistophelian, hellish, infernal, evil, wicked, ungodly, unholy
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    1. 1.1 Fiercely energetic or frenzied.
      ‘a demonic hurry’
      • ‘She remembered being furious with the demonic Keytako, and that's when she blacked out.’
      • ‘Six inches away from them was another pair of eyes, a wild, staring, demonic pair of eyes.’
      • ‘They have to be joyous peasants, drunken students and evil spirits singing demonic gibberish.’
      • ‘It was the Grim Reaper, but he was not as wild or demonic as she had once fancied him to be.’
      • ‘He breathes a blend of demonic intensity and weary detachment in his character's unforgettable vision.’
      wild, frenzied, feverish, frenetic, hectic, frantic, furious, hysterical
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Origin

Mid 17th century: via late Latin from Greek daimonikos, from daimōn (see demon).

Pronunciation

demonic

/dɪˈmɒnɪk/