One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the demons from hell’
devil, fiend, evil spirit, fallen angel, cacodemon
2‘the man was a demon and he had hurt her to the depths of her being’
monster, ogre, fiend, devil, villain, brute, savage, beast, barbarian, animal
3‘Surrey's fast-bowling demon’
genius, wizard, expert, master, adept, virtuoso, maestro, past master, marvel, prodigy
informal hotshot, wiz, whizz, whizz-kid, buff, ninja, old hand, pro, ace, something else, something to shout about, something to write home about
British informal dab hand
North American informal maven, crackerjack
4‘the demon of creativity’
inspiring force, genius, numen, daemon
tutelary spirit, familiar spirit, attendant spirit
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