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de·mon

 (dē′mən)
n.
1. An evil supernatural being; a devil.
2. A persistently tormenting person, force, or passion: the demon of drug addiction.
3. One who is extremely zealous, skillful, or diligent: worked away like a demon; a real demon at math.
4. Variant of daimon.

[Middle English, from Late Latin daemōn, from Latin, spirit, from Greek daimōn, divine power; see dā- in Indo-European roots.]

de·mon′ic (-mŏn′ĭk) adj.
de·mon′i·cal·ly adv.

demon

(ˈdiːmən)
n
1. an evil spirit or devil
2. a person, habit, obsession, etc, thought of as evil, cruel, or persistently tormenting
3. Also called: daemon or daimon an attendant or ministering spirit; genius: the demon of inspiration.
4.
a. a person who is extremely skilful in, energetic at, or devoted to a given activity, esp a sport: a demon at cycling.
b. (as modifier): a demon cyclist.
5. a variant spelling of daemon1
6. informal archaic Austral and NZ a detective or policeman
7. (Computer Science) computing a part of a computer program, such as a help facility, that can run in the background behind the current task or application, and which will only begin to work when certain conditions are met or when it is specifically invoked
[C15: from Latin daemōn evil spirit, spirit, from Greek daimōn spirit, deity, fate; see daemon]

de•mon

(ˈdi mən)

n.
1. an evil spirit; fiend.
2. an evil passion or influence.
3. a wicked or cruel person.
4. one with great energy: a demon for work.
5. daimon.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin daemonium < Greek daimónion, thing of divine nature (in Jewish and Christian writers, evil spirit) derivative of daímōn; (definition 6) < Latin < Greek; see daimon]

demon-

demon

An evil spirit that may take many different forms. In Western tradition they are sometimes referred to as infernal spirits and have been said to exist in hundreds of thousands. In other traditions they are thought to exist in billions.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.demon - an evil supernatural beingdemon - an evil supernatural being    
evil spirit - a spirit tending to cause harm
incubus - a male demon believed to lie on sleeping persons and to have sexual intercourse with sleeping women
succuba, succubus - a female demon believed to have sexual intercourse with sleeping men
dibbuk, dybbuk - (Jewish folklore) a demon that enters the body of a living person and controls that body's behavior
2.demon - a cruel wicked and inhuman persondemon - a cruel wicked and inhuman person  
disagreeable person, unpleasant person - a person who is not pleasant or agreeable
demoniac - someone who acts as if possessed by a demon
3.demon - someone extremely diligent or skillful; "he worked like a demon to finish the job on time"; "she's a demon at math"
doer, actor, worker - a person who acts and gets things done; "he's a principal actor in this affair"; "when you want something done get a doer"; "he's a miracle worker"

demon

noun
1. evil spirit, devil, fiend, goblin, ghoul, malignant spirit a woman possessed by evil demons
2. wizard, master, ace (informal), addict, fanatic, fiend He is a demon for discipline.
3. monster, beast, villain, rogue, barbarian, brute, ogre He was a dictator and a demon.
Related words
fear demonophobia
Translations
شَيْطان، عِفْريت، جِن
демон
démon
dæmon
demono
démon
djöfull, púki, illur andi
daemon
demonas
dēmonsļaunais garsnelabais
demondrac
démon
demondjävul
демон
quỷ

demon

[ˈdiːmən]
A. Ndemonio m
he's a demon for workes una fiera para el trabajo
B. ADJ
1. the demon drinkel demonio de la bebida
2. he's a demon squash-playeres un as del squash, jugando al squash es fabuloso

demon

[ˈdiːmən]
n
(RELIGION)démon m
(fig)démon m
modif
a demon squash player → un crack en squash
a demon driver → un fou du volant

demon

n (= evil spirit)Dämon m; (fig: = person) → Dämon(in) m(f); (inf: = child) → Teufel m; to work like a demonwie besessen arbeiten; he’s a demon playerer ist ein teuflisch guter Spieler (inf); the Demon DrinkKönig Alkohol m

demon

[ˈdiːmən]
1. n (also) (fig) → demonio
he's a demon for work (fam) → è uno stacanovista
2. adj a demon squash playerun mago dello squash
a demon driver → un asso del volante

demon

(ˈdiːmən) noun
an evil spirit; a devil. demons from Hell.
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.
said Bob Sawyer, still prompted by the demon aforesaid.
He would make no poor cast; he would take pains, and he would hurl his weapon with such great force as would finish the demon forever.
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.
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.
Slowly the demon was working his will, and cold and weariness were his helpers.
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.
We heard, from one who knew him well (what should be stated in all mention of his lamentable irregularities), that with a single glass of wine his whole nature was reversed, the demon became 'uppermost, and, though none of the usual signs of in
We heard, from one who knew him well (what should be stated in all mention of his lamentable irregularities), that with a single glass of wine his whole nature was reversed, the demon became uppermost, and, though none of the usual signs of intoxication were visible, his will was palpably insane.
As long as the demon sent to attack me only vague shadows of women who passed occasionally before my eyes in church, in the streets, in the fields, and who hardly recurred to my dreams, I easily vanquished him.
Why, he had himself wished to take Rogojin by the hand and go in together, he had himself determined to go to him on the morrow and tell him that he had seen her, he had repudiated the demon as he walked to the house, and his heart had been full of joy.
His sunken eyes glittered and his wrinkled lips moved over toothless gums as he mumbled weird incantations to the demons of his cult.

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