Definitions for: Demon

[n] one of the evil spirits of traditional Jewish and Christian belief
[n] someone extremely diligent or skillful; "he worked like a demon to finish the job on time"; "she's a demon at math"
[n] a cruel wicked and inhuman person

Webster (1913) Definition: De"mon, n. [F. d['e]mon, L. daemon a spirit, an evil
spirit, fr. Gr. ? a divinity; of uncertain origin.]
1. (Gr. Antiq.) A spirit, or immaterial being, holding a
middle place between men and deities in pagan mythology.

The demon kind is of an intermediate nature between
the divine and the human. --Sydenham.

2. One's genius; a tutelary spirit or internal voice; as, the
demon of Socrates. [Often written d[ae]mon.]

3. An evil spirit; a devil.

That same demon that hath gulled thee thus. --Shak.

Synonyms: daemon, daimon, devil, fiend, monster, ogre

See Also: actor, demoniac, dibbuk, disagreeable person, doer, dybbuk, evil spirit, incubus, succuba, succubus, unpleasant person, worker

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