What does demon mean?

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ˈdi mənde·mon

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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.

    Etymology: From δαίμων

  2. demon(Noun)

    A fallen angel or Satanic divinity; a false god.

    Etymology: From δαίμων

  3. demon(Noun)

    One's inner spirit or genius, a daimon.

    Etymology: From δαίμων

  4. demon(Noun)

    A spirit or lesser divinity between men and gods.

    Etymology: From δαίμων

  5. demon(Noun)

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

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

    Etymology: From δαίμων

  6. demon(Noun)

    Someone of remarkable or diabolical energy or ability.

    He's a demon at the card tables.

    Etymology: From δαίμων

Webster Dictionary

  1. Demon(noun)

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

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

  2. Demon(noun)

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

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

  3. Demon(noun)

    an evil spirit; a devil

    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. Dr. Thomas Arnold Mindell:

    The more I work with the body, keeping my assumptions in a temporary state of reservation, the more I appreciate and sympathize with a given "disease." The body no longer appears as a sick or irrational demon, but as a process with its own inner logic and wisdom.

  2. Anuj Somany:

    Demon can't be made to buy the plot on heaven by any salesman regardless of his convincing power as the clients purchase products or services merely as per their own worth, not by the value of the things.

  3. Perry Brass:

    The god that you dispense with today, will come back as a demon tomorrow.

  4. Glynn Washington:

    Don't think you're going to be a hero. You're not, wait until it's over and after the spirit, the monster or the demon has left.

  5. Molly Bair:

    I'm kind of, I guess, embracing that alien, rat, demon, goblin, gremlin sort of vibe and going with it.

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