Main definitions of demon in English

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demon1

noun

  • 1An evil spirit or devil, especially one thought to possess a person or act as a tormentor in hell.

    • ‘Indeed, they would conclude that he was possessed by an evil demon.’
    • ‘In a statement to the inquest, Mr Delstanche senior, said his son was not trying to harm himself but thought he could burn the spirits or demons out of his body.’
    • ‘But there is simply no credible evidence to suggest the boy was possessed by demons or evil spirits.’
    • ‘Shadows of beasts and demons flickered bigger-than-life on the walls.’
    • ‘In the first one I look like some evil demon has possessed me.’
    • ‘The Japanese culture and arts have been strongly influenced by a wide-spread belief in ghosts, demons and supernatural spirits.’
    • ‘‘People who lived on the streets due to the abuse of drugs, were not mentally deranged but possessed by demons,’ he said.’
    • ‘This type of dragon was considered by many to be the intermediate stage between a demon and the Devil and as such came into Christian belief.’
    • ‘The demons and other beasts that escaped banishment hid in the dark places of the world, like the forests and great pits.’
    • ‘Early Christian art painted demons and devils as black figures.’
    • ‘Can a pharmacist refuse to fill a prescription because he or she believes the client is possessed by demons?’
    • ‘On Japanese art objects, Kintaro is usually shown fighting with a wild animal or a demon.’
    • ‘It was a large wave of monsters, made up mainly of ogres and dog demons.’
    • ‘Tibetans treat the blind as outcasts because they believe they are possessed by demons or have committed evil in a prior life.’
    • ‘Possession by a bad spirit (a demon or witch) has been cited as the cause of some of the evil things people do.’
    • ‘In Tartini's time, the Devil personified the spirit of evil, a demon, the ruler of Hell, and the chief adversary of God.’
    • ‘At any rate, the talk show host was advising a father who thought his son was possessed by a demon.’
    • ‘As well as animal forms, demons can have other grotesque and hideous forms.’
    • ‘From that there can be no doubt that the power of a demon is destructive - his purpose in dominating the personality is to destroy it.’
    • ‘Frescoes of demons and spirits writhe across the walls of its prayer halls, and the drone of absorbed monks fills dim rooms and corridors.’
    devil, fiend, evil spirit, fallen angel, cacodemon
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    1. 1.1 A cruel, evil, or destructive person or thing.
      ‘I was a little demon, I can tell you’
      • ‘She had been manipulated by the demon, just as Koreko had been.’
      • ‘No, they are not animals, they are evil demons who hide under the cloak of kindness and normality while they hatch their plots.’
      • ‘That, or there's some twisted sadist of a blind, jealous lunatic demon deceiving me.’
      • ‘You are just hiding your true feelings; you hate us, you think we are evil wicked demons from hell here to rip you to shreds.’
      • ‘Three, I'm a sadistic demon that delights in your emotional pain.’
      • ‘Why did he go from nearly human to cruel demon in a heartbeat?’
      • ‘After all, no child could resist the commanding and manipulating voice of a demon.’
      monster, ogre, fiend, devil, villain, brute, savage, beast, barbarian, animal
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    2. 1.2[often as modifier] A forceful, fierce, or skillful performer of a specified activity.
      ‘a friend of mine is a demon cook’
      ‘a demon for work’
      • ‘For Ben the Bucket, the Dale's demon gardener, the summer has been both a triumph and a tragedy.’
      • ‘Can this demon conductor possibly be pried away from his beloved Kirov Opera in St. Petersburg and tied permanently to New York?’
      • ‘Remember those occasions when he would have made batting easy for his partners by taking on the demon bowlers all by himself.’
      • ‘You play as Jenn who thinks herself a normal girl who likes to have fun, but as the story progresses she learns that she posses demon abilities.’
      • ‘Even before the tourists jetted out from Blighty former Australian bowling demon Dennis Lillee delivered a withering a verdict on the England attack.’
      • ‘She's a triathelete and is a little speed demon.’
      • ‘As a sideline he was a classical violinist, a master bridge player and a demon at gin rummy, but golf was where he got his kicks.’
      • ‘My wife, Bobbie, and I found the Vietnamese to be sweet people, demon entrepreneurs, not at all unfriendly to us.’
      • ‘This is the second time in 12 months that Sondheim's demon barber has appeared in London.’
      • ‘York trumpeter Greg Wadman heads for Scarborough Jazz on Tuesday, with demon guitarist Trevor Holroyd.’
      • ‘Cotton might not be the demon fabric that performance apparel manufacturers say it is, but I'm going to keep my Under Armour shirt.’
      • ‘Our first tests of the company's new speed demon show some impressive performance gains.’
      genius, wizard, expert, master, adept, virtuoso, maestro, past master, marvel, prodigy
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    3. 1.3 Reckless mischief; devilry.
      ‘his eyes are bursting with pure demon’
      • ‘So how odd that Howard should invest so much time and political capital in building a whole speech round this non-existent demon.’
  • 2

    another term for daemon
    • ‘The gods of the world are having trouble keeping the demons at bay, and so they come up with a last-ditch scheme - to resurrect a dead hero.’
    inspiring force, genius, numen
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Phrases

  • like a demon

    • In a very forceful, fierce, or skillful way.

      ‘he worked like a demon’
      • ‘Toby in front of me was rowing like a demon, his competitiveness harnessed and proving very effective and Wheelie kept bellowing and keeping us focused.’
      • ‘He negotiated like a demon and saved the club from an unimaginable fate.’
      • ‘We had our excuses - Papa watched TV late and loud and snored like a demon and my reading lamp bothered Mother.’
      • ‘Professional golfers of his era were demon drinkers.’
      • ‘After all, he scored the first goal, made the third and defended like a demon for the two periods of extra-time.’
      • ‘He trains like a demon and has taken transplant swimming to a new high.’
      • ‘Reilly has clearly researched and planned the story - and then written like a demon.’
      • ‘I drove the length and breadth of the country at demon speed but I was still hankering after one more thing.’
      • ‘Booze was imbedded in the culture of the tour back then and guys played up to their reputations as demon drinkers.’
      • ‘Finally felt better on Sunday night and now I'm up late writing emails like a demon after too long an absence.’

Origin

Middle English: from medieval Latin, from Latin daemon, from Greek daimōn deity, genius; demon also from Latin daemonium lesser or evil spirit from Greek daemonion, diminutive of daimōn.

Pronunciation:

demon

/ˈdēmən/

Main definitions of demon in English

: demon1demon2

demon2

noun

Pronunciation:

demon

/ˈdēmən/