Definitions for demonˈdi mən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

de•monˈdi mən(n.)

  1. an evil spirit; fiend.

  2. an evil passion or influence.

  3. a wicked or cruel person.

  4. one with great energy:

    a demon for work.

  5. Category: Mythology

    Ref: daimon

Origin of demon:

1350–1400; ME < L daemonium < Gk daimónion, thing of divine nature (in Jewish and Christian writers, evil spirit) der. of daímōn; (def. 6 ) < L < Gk; see daimon

demon-

Princeton's WordNet

  1. devil, fiend, demon, daemon, daimon(noun)

    an evil supernatural being

  2. monster, fiend, devil, demon, ogre(noun)

    a cruel wicked and inhuman person

  3. demon(noun)

    someone extremely diligent or skillful

    "he worked like a demon to finish the job on time"; "she's a demon at math"

Wiktionary

  1. demon(Noun)

    An evil spirit.

  2. demon(Noun)

    A fallen angel or Satanic divinity; a false god.

  3. demon(Noun)

    Oneu2019s inner spirit or genius, a daimon.

  4. demon(Noun)

    A spirit or lesser divinity between men and gods.

  5. demon(Noun)

    A foible; a flaw in a personu2019s character.

    The demon of stupidity haunts me whenever I open my mouth.

  6. demon(Noun)

    Someone of remarkable or diabolical energy or ability.

    Heu2019s a demon at the card tables.

  7. Origin: From δαίμων

Webster Dictionary

  1. Demon(noun)

    a spirit, or immaterial being, holding a middle place between men and deities in pagan mythology

  2. Demon(noun)

    one's genius; a tutelary spirit or internal voice; as, the demon of Socrates

  3. Demon(noun)

    an evil spirit; a devil

Freebase

  1. Demon

    A demon or daemon is a paranormal, often malevolent being prevalent in religion, occultism, literature, fiction, and folklore. The original Greek word daimon does not carry the negative connotation initially understood by implementation of the Koine δαιμόνιον, and later ascribed to any cognate words sharing the root. In Ancient Near Eastern religions as well as in the Abrahamic traditions, including ancient and medieval Christian demonology, a demon is considered an unclean spirit, sometimes a fallen angel, the spirit of a deceased human, or a spirit of unknown type which may cause demonic possession, calling for an exorcism. In Western occultism and Renaissance magic, which grew out of an amalgamation of Greco-Roman magic, Jewish demonology, and Christian tradition, a demon is a spiritual entity that may be conjured and controlled.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Demon

    or Daimon, a name which Socrates gave to an inner divine instinct which corresponds to one's destiny, and guides him in the way he should go to fulfil it, and is more or less potent in a man according to his purity of soul.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. demon

    1. Often used equivalently to daemon — especially in the Unix world, where the latter spelling and pronunciation is considered mildly archaic. 2. [MIT; now probably obsolete] A portion of a program that is not invoked explicitly, but that lies dormant waiting for some condition(s) to occur. See daemon. The distinction is that demons are usually processes within a program, while daemons are usually programs running on an operating system.Demons in sense 2 are particularly common in AI programs. For example, a knowledge-manipulation program might implement inference rules as demons. Whenever a new piece of knowledge was added, various demons would activate (which demons depends on the particular piece of data) and would create additional pieces of knowledge by applying their respective inference rules to the original piece. These new pieces could in turn activate more demons as the inferences filtered down through chains of logic. Meanwhile, the main program could continue with whatever its primary task was.


Translations for demon

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

demon(noun)

an evil spirit; a devil

demons from Hell.

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