energumen

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energumen

(ˌɛnəˈɡjuːmɛn)
n
1. (Alternative Belief Systems) a person thought to be possessed by an evil spirit
2. a fanatic or zealot
[C18: via Late Latin from Greek energoumenos having been worked on, from energein to be in action, from energos effective; see energy]

energumen

a demoniac; a person possessed by an evil spirit. See also fads
See also: Demons
a wild enthusiast; a faddist. See also demons.
See also: Fads
References in classic literature ?
He coloured and looked astonished, as well as annoyed; and the words had no sooner escaped my lips than I felt a shock of alarm lest such an anticipation of words--very far from being words of course, easy to divine--should have betrayed me as an exceptional being, a sort of quiet energumen, whom every one, Bertha above all, would shudder at and avoid.
Sometimes the demons, leaving the bodies of the Energumens [demoniacs], are accustomed to show themselves, and appear in the frightening shape of various animals, and other terrible things, although they not be seen by the bystanders .
The demon is accustomed, when they constrain him with the Exorcisms, to say, that he cannot leave the Energumen, because he is tied to him by the conjurements of some enchanter.