Definition of demonology in English:

demonology

noun

  • 1[mass noun] The study of demons or demonic belief.

    • ‘As Clark also emphasises, that debate placed demonology at the centre of many contemporary preoccupations about the nature of both the world and the divine purpose.’
    • ‘Medicine and witchcraft, pharmacology and demonology, reason and unreason struck an odd alliance.’
    • ‘The belief in mental illness, as something other than man's trouble in getting along with his fellow man, is the proper heir to the belief in demonology and witchcraft.’
    • ‘Asser ploughs on ever deeper into his demonology of the victims and sanitising of their aggressors.’
    • ‘While demonology may be the most dramatic, mediumship is also a form of necromancy, as is divination, which employs the use of spirit guides.’
    • ‘It is from the North, and Norse mythology that demonology develops.’
    • ‘Human health was left to supernatural powers and demonology.’
    • ‘Since demonology is a qualified profession and is believed to be real by so many around the world, maybe there is a hint of truth in my family's fear.’
    • ‘Research for the Scottish Executive has fingered mean-spirited van drivers as the worst culprits in cutting up cyclists and blocking cycle lanes, with cab drivers not far behind in the pedal-power demonology.’
    • ‘I have added explanations for some of the questions raised by readers, including one from Dharmeshwaran Natesan about ‘the demonology of the time’ as it appeared in an article in The Hindu.’
    • ‘The work discusses many subjects including demonology, magnetism and the camera obscura.’
    • ‘When hatred of foreign policies ignites into hatred of an entire people and their civilization, then thinking is dead and demonology lives.’
    • ‘Some of the essays deal with relatively specialized interests (such as, demonology or Marston's verse satire), and few engage with ‘big pictures’ or reflect on critical methodologies.’
    • ‘Newspaper editor Laura Kincaid's investigation of the case and the small town uncovers a history of witchcraft and demonology.’
    • ‘Cordelia interrupted, highly uninterested in Wesley's recent lecture involving his frightening, sometimes sad, demonology expertise.’
    • ‘I have studied nearly every book written on the subject of demonology and find that most scholars do not commit themselves.’
    • ‘When I told my mom I was studying demonology, she almost had a fit.’
    • ‘This show could also be seen as addressing the rampant trend towards demonising the other in every conflict at all levels, which forces us to perceive the world through screens of demonology.’
    • ‘The courses, starting in February, will deal with demonology, the presence of the notion of the devil in sacred texts, and the pathology and medical treatment of people suffering from possession.’
    • ‘The changing iconography of witchcraft seems to relate to another trend that only developed fully in the later sixteenth century, that of turning demonology into a kind of experimental science.’
    1. 1.1 A set of beliefs about people or things regarded as harmful or unwelcome:
      ‘he was public enemy number one in the demonology of the Australian right wing’
      • ‘Why has smoking been so readily accepted into so many different cultures, where it has been the subject of creation myths and demonologies?’
      • ‘I suspect that further analysis of the role of animals will support my assertion that the works also represent remarkably similar demonologies.’
      • ‘Hence, the previous superpower demonologies now appear incongruous, if not ludicrous, when occasionally applied to their nuclear foes.’
      • ‘That friendship has apparently become very important to Cherie, as her life has moved from family-and-career anonymity to tabloid demonology.’
      • ‘Almost all the demonologies of the 1400s and early 1500s were written by inquisitors, who often refer to witch trials that they or other inquisitors conducted.’
      • ‘However, as one reviewer put it, such popular demonologies seem able to survive any amount of exorcism.’
      • ‘This subtly points to our own construction of people as demons or our internalisation of demonologies without paying heed to the subterranean layers of history and folklore.’
      • ‘The wider context of this research is the literature addressing the connectedness of demonologies to economic and social transformations.’

Pronunciation:

demonology

/diːməˈnɒlədʒi/