Definition of demonism in US English:



  • 1Belief in the power of demons.

    • ‘Throughout history the tattoo bears the mark of paganism, demonism, Baal worship, shamanism, mysticism, heathenism, cannibalism and just about every other pagan belief known.’
    • ‘Dyer's mystical demonism accounts for the ambivalent, exhilarating, and uncanny dimension of his architecture.’
    • ‘They are trying to kill him, and this lethal intention enslaves them to lying and to demonism.’
    • ‘At the same time, demonic possession increased dramatically, probably because demonism in general and witchcraft in particular were preoccupations of the age.’
    • ‘This Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, recorded in Los Angeles in 1957, is one of the best in the catalog, particularly if you see demonism as an essential aspect of this work.’
    • ‘His treatment of demonism is written as an antidote to the outbreak of sorcery.’
  • 2Action or behavior that seems too cruel or wicked to be human.

    ‘the demonism of warfare’
    • ‘Weaver sees in this a species of the demonic, for demonism is ‘blind to everything except what it wants.’’