Demons


Also found in: Thesaurus, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

Demons


one who denies the existence of the devil or demons.
recognition of the existence of demons and goblins.
a mania that causes a person to believe himself possessed and controlled by an evil spirit. Also cacodemonomania. — cacodemonic, cacodemoniac, adj.
1. a belief in the possibility of possession by a demon.
2. demoniac possession. Also demoniacism. — demonian, adj.demoniac, n., adj.
1. the belief in demons.
2. the worship of demons. Also demonolatry. — demonist, n.
1. the power of demons.
2. government or rule by demons. — demonocratic, adj.
demonology. — demonographer, n.
the worship, through propitiation, of ghosts, demons, and spirits. Also demonism.
1. the study of demons or superstitions about demons.
2. the doctrine of demons. Also demonography. — demonologist, n. — demonologic, demonological, adj.
Obsolete, forms of magie that require the invocation or assistance of demons.
a form of divination involving a demon or demons.
Obsolete, a person who is possessed by demons.
Obsolete, the sway or dominion of demons.
an abnormal fear of spirits and demons.
the working of magie with the aid of demons. — demonurgist, n.
qualities and doctrines that are diabolical. — devilish, adj.
a demoniac; a person possessed by an evil spirit. See also fads
1. the ceremony that seeks to expel an evil spirit from a person or place.
2. the act or process of exorcising. — exorcist, n.exorcismal, exorcisory, exorcistic, exorcistical, adj.
a demon alleged to lie upon people in their sleep and especially to tempt women to sexual relations. — incubi, n. pl.
1. an ecstatic variety of demonic possession believed by the ancients to be inspired by nymphs.
2. a frenzy of emotion, as for something unattainable. — nympholeptic, adj.
Rare. the worship of spirits dwelling in all forms of nature.
1. the abode of all demons; Heil.
2. any scène of wild confusion or disorder.
a devotion to a multitude of demonic powers or spirits. — polydemonistic, polydaemonistic, adj.
a demon that assumes a female form to tempt men to intercourse, especially appearing in their dreams. — succubi, succubae, n. pl.
References in classic literature ?
Without dismounting, the demon then turned to Don Quixote and said, "The unfortunate but valiant knight Montesinos sends me to thee, the Knight of the Lions (would that I saw thee in their claws), bidding me tell thee to wait for him wherever I may find thee, as he brings with him her whom they call Dulcinea del Toboso, that he may show thee what is needful in order to disenchant her; and as I came for no more I need stay no longer; demons of my sort be with thee, and good angels with these gentles;" and so saying he blew his huge horn, turned about and went off without waiting for a reply from anyone.
His sunken eyes glittered and his wrinkled lips moved over toothless gums as he mumbled weird incantations to the demons of his cult.
My mother was a voodoo, my father was a snake; I live upon lions' hearts and the entrails of the panther; I eat young babies for breakfast and the demons of the jungle are my slaves.
His mind, she says, was indeed a "Haunted Palace," echoing to the footfalls of angels and demons.
Scarcely waiting for their craft to touch, the creatures manning them leaped among the therns with the fury of demons.
These men had told them of a terrible white devil that pursued them, warning the natives against it and the frightful pack of demons that accompanied it.
Dinah did not know that the crowd was silent, gazing at her with a sort of awe--she did not even know how near they were to the fatal spot, when the cart stopped, and she shrank appalled at a loud shout hideous to her ear, like a vast yell of demons.
Then there rose suddenly above the fiendish cries of the dancing demons the awful challenge of the ape-man.
uf heard, in this strange interruption to his soliloquy, the voice of one of those demons, who, as the superstition of the times believed, beset the beds of dying men to distract their thoughts, and turn them from the meditations which concerned their eternal welfare.
Now, some demon of discord, flying over the Saracen's Head at that moment, on casting down his eyes in mere idle curiosity, happened to behold Slurk established comfortably by the kitchen fire, and Pott slightly elevated with wine in another room; upon which the malicious demon, darting down into the last-mentioned apartment with inconceivable rapidity, passed at once into the head of Mr.
Molly knew that the cause of her dingy rags was not her husband's neglect, but the demon Opium to whom she was enslaved, body and soul, except in the lingering mother's tenderness that refused to give him her hungry child.
He was told that his predecessors had been hindered from discovering it by the demon that guarded it, but that the demon was now at a great distance from his charge, and was grown blind and lame; that having lost his son, and being without any children except a daughter that was ugly and unhealthy, he was under great affliction, and entirely neglected the care of his treasure; that if he should come, they could call one of their ancient brothers to their assistance, who, being a man of a most holy life, would be able to prevent his making any resistance.