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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 ?
Jo glanced over her shoulder, and the little demon she was harboring said in her ear.
As Magua ended he arose and, uttering the yell of a demon, his polished little axe was seen glancing in the torchlight as he whirled it above his head.
But the storm demon kept watch above, and, whenever a flame was kindled, drove the smoke back again, choking the chimney's sooty throat with its own breath.
She remembered -- betwixt a smile and a shudder -- the talk of the neighbouring townspeople, who, seeking vainly elsewhere for the child's paternity, and observing some of her odd attributes, had given out that poor little Pearl was a demon offspring: such as, ever since old Catholic times, had occasionally been seen on earth, through the agency of their mother's sin, and to promote some foul and wicked purpose.
They had now reached the road which turns off to Sleepy Hollow; but Gunpowder, who seemed possessed with a demon, instead of keeping up it, made an opposite turn, and plunged headlong down hill to the left.
Grose, but she was there most for Flora; and no moment of my monstrous time was perhaps so extraordinary as that in which I consciously threw out to her-- with the sense that, pale and ravenous demon as she was, she would catch and understand it--an inarticulate message of gratitude.
But in pursuit of those far mysteries we dream of, or in tormented chase of that demon phantom that, some time or other, swims before all human hearts; while chasing such over this round globe, they either lead us on in barren mazes or midway leave us whelmed.
Aye, I widowed that poor girl when I married her, Starbuck; and then, the madness, the frenzy, the boiling blood and the smoking brow, with which, for a thousand lowerings old Ahab has furiously, foamingly chased his prey --more a demon than a man
He plays like one possessed by a demon, by a whole horde of demons.
It was his mother; and she turned away from him, and he fell down, down, down, amid a confused noise of shrieks, and groans, and shouts of demon laughter,--and Legree awoke.
Just as he finished, the call-boy came; so, haw-hawing like a demon, he went rattling and clanking out like a crate of loose castings, and I knew nothing more.
What creature was it, that, masked in an ordinary woman's face and shape, uttered the voice, now of a mocking demon, and anon of a carrion-seeking bird of prey?