• WordNet 3.6
    • n demon an evil supernatural being
    • n demon someone extremely diligent or skillful "he worked like a demon to finish the job on time","she's a demon at math"
    • n demon a cruel wicked and inhuman person
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A strange crowd of demons of all shapes and sizes A strange crowd of demons of all shapes and sizes

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the band KISS, Gene Simmons was "The Demon", Paul Stanley was "Star Child", Ace Frehley was "Space Man", and Peter Criss was "The Cat.
    • Demon (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."
    • Demon An evil spirit; a devil. "That same demon that hath gulled thee thus."
    • Demon One's genius; a tutelary spirit or internal voice; as, the demon of Socrates.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n demon In Greek myth, a supernatural agent or intelligence, lower in rank than a god; a spirit holding a middle place between gods and men; one of a class of ministering spirits, sometimes regarded as including the souls of deceased persons; a genius: as, the demon or good genius of Socrates. Sometimes written daimon.
    • n demon An evil spirit; a devil: from the belief of the early Christian world that all the divinities of the pagans were devils.
    • n demon Figuratively, an atrociously wicked or cruel person; one characterized by demoniac passions or conduct.
    • n demon [capitalized] A certain genus of Coleoptera.
    • n demon In anthropology, a supernatural protector or helper. See manito and *nyarong.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Demon dē′mon an evil spirit, a devil: sometimes like Dæmon, a friendly spirit or good genius
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  • Le Monde
    Le Monde
    “America and its demons, Europe and its ghost.”
  • Billy Graham
    “Christians should never fail to sense the operation of an angelic glory. It forever eclipses the world of demonic powers, as the sun does a candle's light.”
  • Dakin Williams
    Dakin Williams
    “Tennessee Williams said if he got rid of his demons, he would lose his angels.”
  • William Faulkner
    “An artist is a creature driven by demons. He doesn't know why they choose him and he's usually too busy to wonder why.”
  • Dave Sim
    Dave Sim
    “Anything done for the first time unleashes a demon.”
  • Buddha
    “It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.”


Demon weed - Tobacco is the demon weed.
Face your demons - If you face your demons, you confront your fears or something that you have been trying hard to avoid.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. démon, L. daemon, a spirit, an evil spirit, fr. Gr. dai`mwn a divinity; of uncertain origin
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. dæmon—Gr. daimōn, a spirit, genius; in N. T. and Late Greek, a devil.


In literature:

And the blood of our countrymen has been poured out at the shrine of the demon Intemperance, and we must give none.
"Select Temperance Tracts" by American Tract Society
It was now that I found myself brought face to face with the strange phenomenon of demon possession.
"The Fulfilment of a Dream of Pastor Hsi's" by A. Mildred Cable
Would the public stand for calling a dead woman names like she-demon?
"Sundry Accounts" by Irvin S. Cobb
Stronger and stronger it grew, as though shadowy demon-shapes were hovering in the shaded, half-darkened room.
"The Sign of the Spider" by Bertram Mitford
In early societies demons have not individual names.
"Introduction to the History of Religions" by Crawford Howell Toy
How is it possible that one whom I know so well and love so dearly could be such a demon as this?
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
Many people believe the Tartars are demons from hell.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
The demons had done their work.
"ZigZag Journeys in Northern Lands;" by Hezekiah Butterworth
The latter were not by nature fighters, but they stood their ground for their god, and fought like demons.
"The Web of the Golden Spider" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
Momotaro made up his mind to conquer these demons, and get their treasures.
"Japanese Fairy World" by William Elliot Griffis
Scarcely waiting for their craft to touch, the creatures manning them leaped among the therns with the fury of demons.
"The Gods of Mars" by Edgar Rice Burroughs
But however that fact may be taken, it is not doubtful that the demon has appeared in a human form.
"The Phantom World" by Augustin Calmet
I had laughed at him under peculiar conditions: very well, then; he was a demon.
"The O'Ruddy" by Stephen Crane
The demons fly in dismay before the irresistible boy.
"Henry IV, Makers of History" by John S. C. Abbott
Hell was supposed to be very hot, very red, full of pugnacious demons.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
I wish Demon's Run would rise to a flood and play the demon for once!
"Hidden Hand" by Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth
The tree, the stream, still had its spirit for them, the cave or the dark fissure its bad demon.
"History of Religion" by Allan Menzies
First he was worshiped as Prince Guan, later as King Guan, and then as the great god who conquers the demons.
"The Chinese Fairy Book" by Various
Furthermore, the demon said he had given Tom his commission to keep.
"Witch Stories" by E. Lynn (Elizabeth Lynn) Linton
You are possessed by Urchitophel, the demon of anger.
"A Struggle for Rome, Vol. 2 (of 3)" by Felix Dahn

In poetry:

This demon takes a million youths
In every passing year,
And makes them disregard the truth,
And give to right a jeer.
"Strong Drink" by Frank Barbour Coffin
But man! oh, selfish, sordid man!
How like a fiend at heart,
Deep skilled in every wily plan,
He plays a demon's part.
"The Youthful Villager And The Hermit" by James Madison Bell
I feel as the slave-mother, when
Her babe from her bosom is torn
By demons incarnate in men
Who God and humanity scorn.
"July 4th, 1857" by Alfred Gibbs Campbell
Strong drink, like a raging demon,
Laid on my heart his hand,
When my darling joined with others
The Loyal Legion * band.
"A Little Child Shall Lead Them" by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
The lust of power, the greed of gain
Have all the year their own;
The haunting demons well may let
Our one bright day alone.
"June On The Merrimac" by John Greenleaf Whittier
But when I hear the music moan
In rooms of thronging laughter,
A tongueless demon drives me forth,
And silence follows after.
"Afterwards" by Clark Ashton Smith

In news:

A sculpture of a Rakshasa , the Hindu demon from which Jonathan Brossard's malware experiment takes its name.
Demons' reign of terror runs to 18.
The second-greatest president of the 20th century dies (with Theodore Roosevelt coming a close third), and the liberal establishment that alternately ridiculed and demonized Ronald Reagan throughout his presidency is in a quandary.
Eugene Wendell & The Demon Rind .
Eugene Wendell & The Demon Rind play a gritty set of their garage Americana, featuring tracks off their new album "Meet Me In The Garden & We'll See What Happens".
When the girl to the right became demonic and evil and turned to me and said, "I will give her you're mean message".
The Augusta Chronicle's editorial page has sunk to a new low in pursuing its incessant campaign to demonize and discredit President Obama.
Demons shake hands with 2012 at 18-9.
South Korean shaman Lee Soon-ae performs prayers during a shipboard ceremony intended to exorcise the demons that threaten fishermen and bring good luck to everybody on board, off Incheon, west of Seoul, on June 24.
Tonys Demons Won't Let Him Have Any Peace.
His 'demons' made him do it.
"My shoppin' demons are hoppin'," said Tammy Faye Messner once, referring to the recklessly acquisitive tendencies that have dogged her through good times and bad.
But what's really happening on the campaign trail is the tired and unbelievably hypocritical effort to seek the snobbiest job in America by demonizing parts of the electorate as " snobs ".
And though demons of the automotive kind are not exactly known for their bargain-basement stickers, the new 2008 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG has a low one, relatively speaking.
Speed demon Celski follows familiar path.

In science:

Read/write demon energy for the first lattice. • Read/write demon energy for the second lattice. • Read/write a spin block (the two lattices at the same time). • Write a coupling word. • Start simulation.
A Dedicated Computer for Ising-like Spin Glass Models
Store couplings in J-memory. • Store spins in spin memory. • Write the initial demons’ energies. • Start simulation.
A Dedicated Computer for Ising-like Spin Glass Models
Every time an update of the configuration is completed, SUE generates an IRQ to HC and the demon registers can be read by HC.
A Dedicated Computer for Ising-like Spin Glass Models
After every iteration (update of V spins) SUE outputs the demon energy to HC.
A Dedicated Computer for Ising-like Spin Glass Models
Linear fit for the demon energy distribution.
A Dedicated Computer for Ising-like Spin Glass Models
This can be done in a completely reversible manner, as long as the demon’s memory stores the random results of its observations of the molecules.
Quantum Computing
The irreversible step is not the acquisition of information, but the loss of information if the demon later clears its memory.
Quantum Computing
There is an adversarial scheduling demon that in each state decides which enabled access is executed next, and thus determines the sequence of accesses of the system execution.
Randomized Two-Process Wait-Free Test-and-Set
In addition we introduce an auxiliary system, called demon system, given by the action SD = − Xα=G,A,2,4 here the βα ’s are the same as in S , and the dα ’s are the ”demon energies”, constrained to lie in the interval [−dmax , dmax ].
Testing Dimensional Reduction in SU(2) Gauge Theory
The total partition function factorizes into the one of the original system and that of the single demons.
Testing Dimensional Reduction in SU(2) Gauge Theory
We can compute the distribution of each demon energy dα .
Testing Dimensional Reduction in SU(2) Gauge Theory
Sα , which must be compensated with the demon energies dα .
Testing Dimensional Reduction in SU(2) Gauge Theory
The trial is accepted if all the new demon energies remain in the allowed region.
Testing Dimensional Reduction in SU(2) Gauge Theory
After visiting all links, the demons ”move” to another gauge configuration C’ while keeping their energies.
Testing Dimensional Reduction in SU(2) Gauge Theory
Higher-dimension operators, with couplings determined by additional demons, are easily included.
Testing Dimensional Reduction in SU(2) Gauge Theory