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(ˌkækəˈdiːmən) or


(European Myth & Legend) an evil spirit or devil
[C16: from Greek kakodaimōn evil genius]


or cac•o•dae•mon

(ˌkæk əˈdi mən)

an evil spirit; demon.
[1585–95; < Greek kakodaímōn having an evil genius, ill-fated. See caco-, demon]
cac`o•de•mon′ic (-dɪˈmɒn ɪk) adj.
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Noun1.cacodemon - an evil spirit
Ellas, Greece, Hellenic Republic - a republic in southeastern Europe on the southern part of the Balkan peninsula; known for grapes and olives and olive oil
evil spirit - a spirit tending to cause harm
eudaemon, eudemon, good spirit - a benevolent spirit
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In her initial short addresses to the Duke Margaret refers to him as "devil" (118), "a murd'rous villain" (134), a "cacodemon" (144), and as a "gentle villain" (163), thus setting the scene for the more extended ritualistic cursing that follows and in which animal insults feature prominently.
Interestingly, it's this character, not the King, that anticipates the "cacodemon" Richard III.