Demon meaning

dēmən
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The definition of a demon is an evil spirit or a person or thing who is evil, or a person who does something with great enthusiasm and skill.

Satan is an example of a demon.

An evil murderer is an example of a demon.

A great video game player who is very enthusiastic is an example of a video game demon.

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A person or thing regarded as evil, cruel, etc.

The demon of jealousy.

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A fallen angel or Satanic divinity; a false god.
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A persistently tormenting person, force, or passion.

The demon of drug addiction.

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One who is extremely zealous, skillful, or diligent.

Worked away like a demon; a real demon at math.

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Demonstrative.
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A devil; evil spirit.
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See daemon.
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One’s inner spirit or genius, a daimon.
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(Greek mythology, Roman mythology) A genius, a lar, the protective spirit or godling of a place, household, or individual.
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A foible; a flaw in a person’s character.

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

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Someone of remarkable or diabolical energy or ability.

He’s a demon at the card tables.

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(figuratively) Anything with malevolent effects.

The demon drink.

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An evil supernatural being; a devil.
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Origin of demon

  • Middle English from Late Latin daemōn from Latin spirit from Greek daimōn divine power dā- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin daemon (“lar, genius, guardian spirit”), from Ancient Greek δαίμων (daimōn, “dispenser, god, protective spirit”).

    From Wiktionary