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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. DEMONnoun

    A spirit; generally an evil spirit; a devil.

    Etymology: dæmon, Latin; δαίμων.

    I felt him strike, and now I see him fly:
    Curs’d demon! O for ever broken lie
    Those fatal shafts, by which I inward bleed. Matthew Prior.

Wikipedia

  1. Demon

    A demon is a malevolent supernatural entity. Historically, belief in demons, or stories about demons, occurs in religion, occultism, literature, fiction, mythology, and folklore; as well as in media such as comics, video games, movies, anime, and television series. Belief in demons probably goes back to the Paleolithic age, stemming from humanity's fear of the unknown, the strange and the horrific. In ancient Near Eastern religions and in the Abrahamic religions, including early Judaism and ancient-medieval Christian demonology, a demon is considered a harmful spiritual entity which may cause demonic possession, calling for an exorcism. Large portions of Jewish demonology, a key influence on Christianity and Islam, originated from a later form of Zoroastrianism, and was transferred to Judaism during the Persian era.Demons may or may not also be considered to be devils: minions of the Devil. In many traditions, demons are independent operators, with different demons causing different types of evils (destructive natural phenomena, specific diseases, etc.). In religions featuring a principal Devil (e.g. Satan) locked in an eternal struggle with God, demons are often also thought to be subordinates of the principal Devil. As lesser spirits doing the Devil's work, they have additional duties— causing humans to have sinful thoughts and tempting humans to commit sinful actions.The original Ancient Greek word daimōn (δαίμων) did not carry negative connotations, as it denotes a spirit or divine power. The Greek conception of a daimōn notably appears in the philosophical works of Plato, where it describes the divine inspiration of Socrates. In Christianity, morally ambivalent daimōn were replaced by demons, forces of evil only striving for corruption. Such demons are not the Greek intermediary spirits, but hostile entities, already known in Iranian beliefs.In Western occultism and Renaissance magic, which grew out of an amalgamation of Greco-Roman magic, Jewish Aggadah and Christian demonology, a demon is believed to be a spiritual entity that may be conjured and controlled. Belief in demons remains an important part of many modern religions and occultist traditions. Demons are still feared largely due to their alleged power to possess living creatures. In the contemporary Western occultist tradition (perhaps epitomized by the work of Aleister Crowley), a demon (such as Choronzon, which is Crowley's interpretation of the so-called "Demon of the Abyss") is a useful metaphor for certain inner psychological processes (inner demons), though some may also regard it as an objectively real phenomenon.

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.

Suggested Resources

  1. demon

    Song lyrics by demon -- Explore a large variety of song lyrics performed by demon on the Lyrics.com website.

Matched Categories

How to pronounce demon?

How to say demon in sign language?

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. George Orwell:

    All writers are vain, selfish and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives lies a mystery. Writing a book is a long, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.

  2. Thomas Paine, "The Age of Reason":

    Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and torturous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness, with which more than half the bible is filled, it would seem more consistent 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.

  3. Justice Iain Morley:

    A young woman -- or anyone -- should be able to invite someone to their house and not then be blamed afterwards if they turn into a demon and start raping them, having drugged them.

  4. Charles de LEUSSE:

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

  5. Steve Forbes:

    The Demon Deacons put the ball in my court, this is where I want to be, I never said anything different. ... I will say this : if your name is being mentioned for stuff like that, it's a good thing because it means you're winning. The Demon Deacons ain't going to put your name in there if you're losing.

Popularity rank by frequency of use

demon#10000#10618#100000

Translations for demon

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for demon »

Translation

Find a translation for the demon definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Citation

Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"demon." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2023. Web. 8 Feb. 2023. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/demon>.

Discuss these demon definitions with the community:

5 Comments
  • Aaron Bendter
    Aaron Bendter
    how do you defeat them
    LikeReplyReport4 years ago
  • Howard Coles
    Howard Coles
    Very Good God Destroy Demons Evil Spirits Diseases For Eternal
    LikeReplyReport6 years ago
  • Howard Coles
    Howard Coles
    Very Good God Destroy Demon Evil Spirit Disease For Eternal
    LikeReplyReport6 years ago
  • Howard Coles
    Howard Coles
    Very Good God Destroy Demons Evil Angels Diseases For Eternal
    LikeReplyReport6 years ago
  • Howard Coles
    Howard Coles
    Very Good God Destroy Demon Evil Angel Disease For Eternal
    LikeReplyReport6 years ago

Are we missing a good definition for demon? Don't keep it to yourself...

Image or illustration of

demon

Credit »

Browse Definitions.net

Free, no signup required:

Add to Chrome

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Free, no signup required:

Add to Firefox

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Quiz

Are you a words master?

»
separate or cut with a tool, such as a sharp instrument
  • A. cleave
  • B. loom
  • C. abduct
  • D. transpire

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for demon: