What does demon mean?

Definitions for demon
ˈdi mənde·mon

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word demon.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. devil, fiend, demon, daemon, daimonnoun

    an evil supernatural being

  2. monster, fiend, devil, demon, ogrenoun

    a cruel wicked and inhuman person

  3. demonnoun

    someone extremely diligent or skillful

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

Wiktionary

  1. demonnoun

    An evil spirit.

  2. demonnoun

    A fallen angel or Satanic divinity; a false god.

  3. demonnoun

    One's inner spirit or genius, a daimon.

  4. demonnoun

    A spirit or lesser divinity between men and gods.

  5. demonnoun

    A foible; a flaw in a person's character.

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

  6. demonnoun

    Someone of remarkable or diabolical energy or ability.

    He's a demon at the card tables.

  7. Etymology: From δαίμων

Webster Dictionary

  1. Demonnoun

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

  2. Demonnoun

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

  3. Demonnoun

    an evil spirit; a devil

  4. Etymology: [F. dmon, L. daemon a spirit, an evil spirit, fr. Gr. dai`mwn a divinity; of uncertain origin.]

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Demon

    dē′mon, n. an evil spirit, a devil: sometimes like Dæmon, a friendly spirit or good genius:—fem. Dē′moness.—adjs. Demō′niac, Demōnī′acal, pertaining to or like demons or evil spirits: influenced by demons.—ns. Demō′niac, a human being possessed by a demon or evil spirit.—adv. Demonī′acally.—n. Demonī′acism, state of being a demoniac.—adj. Demō′nian (Milt.).—ns. Demō′nianism, Demō′niasm, possession by a demon.—v.t. Dē′monise, to convert into a demon: to control or possess by a demon.—ns. Dē′monism, a belief in demons; Dē′monist, a believer in demons; Demonoc′racy, the power of demons; Demonol′atry, the worship of demons; Demonol′ater, one who worships such; Demonology, an account of, or the study of, demons and their agency.—adjs. Demonolog′ic, -al.—ns. Demonol′ogist, a writer on demonology; Demonomā′nia, a form of mania in which the subject believes himself possessed by devils; Demon′omy, the dominion of demons; Dē′monry, demoniacal influence. [L. dæmon—Gr. daimōn, a spirit, genius; in N. T. and Late Greek, a devil.]

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.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of demon in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of demon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of demon in a Sentence

  1. Thomas Paine:

    Whenever we read the obscene stories, voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and tortous executions, the unrelenting vindictivenes, with which more than half the Bible is filled, it would be more consistant that we called it the word of a Demon than the word of God. It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind, and, for my part, I sincerly detest it as I detest everything that is cruel.

  2. Bob Corrigan:

    I mean, Mark Brown/Getty Images's shocking, right, we're less than three hours away from getting on the bus to go play a game. It's not 24 hours, 48 hours or any of those things. I've been looking at my watch all week and trying to figure out ‘ What time is it ? How close are we ? ’ Then you get that phone call and it's hard not to be angry. Devin Leary of the North Carolina State Wolfpack in action against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons during their game at Truist Field on Nov. 13, 2021, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Wake Forest won 45-42. ( Grant Halverson/Getty Images).

  3. Charles de LEUSSE:

    Whoever buys from the demon will not leave the store. (Qui achète chez le démon Ne sortira du magasin)

  4. Michael Barnett:

    Why did they want to get rid of you so badly ? A 6 - or 7-year-old child living in an apartment alone for a year ? Thats just not believable to me, i guess it comes down to whether or not you are an evil psychopath demon child thats come over here to murder everybody.

  5. from an official Japanese guide for English-speaking drivers, 1936:

    1. At the rise of the hand of the policeman, stop rapidly. Do not pass him or otherwise disrespect him. 2. If pedestrian obstacle your path, tootle horn melodiously. If he continue to obstacle, tootle horn vigorously and utter vocal warning such as "Hi, Hi." [...] 5. Beware of greasy corner where lurk skid demon. Cease step on, approach slowly, round cautiously, resume step on gradually.

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