Definition of demonic in English:



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

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


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