cacodemon

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cacodemon an evil spirit
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cacodemon An evil spirit; a devil or demon.
    • Cacodemon (Med) The nightmare.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cacodemon An evil spirit; a devil.
    • n cacodemon In medicine, the nightmare.
    • n cacodemon In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cacodemon kak-o-dē′mon an evil spirit:
    • n Cacodemon kak-o-dē′mon (Shak.) a nightmare.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. ; kako`s bad + demon: cf. F. cacodémon,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. kakos, bad, and Demon.

Usage

In literature:

Consequently, if Mrs Warren must needs be a demon, a bookmaker must be a cacodemon.
"Mrs. Warren's Profession" by George Bernard Shaw
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In news:

There is a great deal of prowling motion in Insidious : a recurring sideways dolly outside an ominous house, a trench-coat-clad cacodemon pacing outside a second-story window.
There is a great deal of prowling motion in Insidious : a recurring sideways dolly outside an ominous house, a trenchcoat-clad cacodemon pacing outside a second-story window.
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