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dae·mon

 (dē′mən)
n.
1. Chiefly British Variant of demon.
2. Variant of daimon.
3. Computers A program or process that runs in the background but remains inactive until invoked.

[Sense 3, after Maxwell's demon (from the creature's constant monitoring of gas molecules going in and out of an aperture ).]

dae·mon′ic (-mŏn′ĭk) adj.

daemon

(ˈdiːmən) or

daimon

n
1. (Classical Myth & Legend) a demigod
2. the guardian spirit of a place or person
3. a variant spelling of demon3
daemonic adj

dai•mon

(ˈdaɪ moʊn) also daemon,

n., pl. -mo•nes (-məˌniz) -mons.
a divinity or a manifestation of divine power in ancient Greek belief.
[< Latin daemōn a spirit < Greek daímōn a deity]
dai•mon′ic (-ˈmɒn ɪk) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.daemon - an evil supernatural beingdaemon - 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.daemon - a person who is part mortal and part god
deity, divinity, god, immortal - any supernatural being worshipped as controlling some part of the world or some aspect of life or who is the personification of a force
Adonis - (Greek mythology) a handsome youth loved by both Aphrodite and Persephone; "when Adonis died Zeus decreed that he should spend winters in the underworld with Persephone and spend summers with Aphrodite"
Translations
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daemon

[ˈdiːmən] Ndemonio m
References in classic literature ?
Norris, instead of having comfort from either, was but the more irritated by the sight of the person whom, in the blindness of her anger, she could have charged as the daemon of the piece.
Over everything stands its daemon or soul, and, as the form of the thing is reflected by the eye, so the soul of the thing is reflected by a melody.
Then he is apprised, with wonder, what herds of daemons hem him in.
By the bones of the Daemon Odin," said he, "thou art the boldest-spoken man that ever I have seen in all my life.
Hellanicus and Cleanthes say his father was Maeon, but Eugaeon says Meles; Callicles is for Mnesagoras, Democritus of Troezen for Daemon, a merchant-trader.
I, who would undergo all the plagues and miseries which any daemon ever invented for mankind, to procure her any good; nay, torture itself could not be misery to me, did I but know that she was happy.
A flash of lightning illuminated the object, and discovered its shape plainly to me; its gigantic stature, and the deformity of its aspect more hideous than belongs to humanity, instantly informed me that it was the wretch, the filthy daemon, to whom I had given life.
Automated censor daemons in the United States detected the new files and noted their linkage to terms on the daemons' watch-lists and the speed with which the files were spreading.
I made a mistake on my phone keypad and have paid with my career DAEMON JOHNSON
With no disrespect to the late Michael Crichton, Daniel Suarez's techno-nightmare, Daemon, illustrates what I call Crichton's Law: Some ideas are so good that nobody can mess them up.
Mr Daemon, who was single and a personal trainer, was born Andrew Paul Corkhill, in Liverpool, and changed his name after he was adopted.
There, he and his daemon friend Hester discover a plot hatched by evil oil tycoon Larsen Manganese, local mayoral candidate Ivan Poliakov, and Pierre McConville, a dangerous hired killer.