Definitions for: Demoniac


[n] someone who acts as if possessed by a demon
[adj] resembling or suggesting possession by a demon; "demoniac energy"; "a demoniacal fit"
[adj] in a murderous frenzy as if possessed by a demon; "the soldier was completely amuck"; "berserk with grief"; "a berserk worker smashing windows"



Webster (1913) Definition: De*mo"ni*ac, Demoniacal Dem`o*ni"a*cal (?; 277), a.
[L. daemoniacus, fr. daemon; cf. F. d['e]moniaque. See
Demon.]
1. Pertaining to, or characteristic of, a demon or evil
spirit; devilish; as, a demoniac being; demoniacal
practices.

Sarcastic, demoniacal laughter. --Thackeray.

2. Influenced or produced by a demon or evil spirit; as,
demoniac or demoniacal power. ``Demoniac frenzy.''
--Milton.


De*mo"ni*ac, n.
1. A human being possessed by a demon or evil spirit; one
whose faculties are directly controlled by a demon.

The demoniac in the gospel was sometimes cast into
the fire. --Bates.

2. (Eccl. Hist.) One of a sect of Anabaptists who maintain
that the demons or devils will finally be saved.

Synonyms: agitated, amok, amuck, berserk, demoniacal, insane, possessed(p)

See Also: demon, devil, fiend, monster, ogre

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