• WordNet 3.6
    • n demonism a belief in and reverence for devils (especially Satan)
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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.
    • n Demonism The belief in demons or false gods. "The established theology of the heathen world . . . rested upon the basis of demonism ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n demonism Belief in the existence of demons; character or action like that of demons.
    • n demonism Specifically, in anthropology, the belief in the existence of an intimate relation between a person and one or more supernatural beings who become his protectors and helpers. This form of belief includes the manito of the Algonkin, the nyarong of the Sea Dayak, and similar beliefs of many other tribes and peoples. Also called manitoism. Also daimonism.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Demonism a belief in demons
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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
Cf. F. démonisme,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. dæmon—Gr. daimōn, a spirit, genius; in N. T. and Late Greek, a devil.


In literature:

Into it the old demon inserted himself, and then he lay down just where the witch had been lying.
"Russian Fairy Tales" by W. R. S. Ralston
Yet he quelled the merry demons of his nature.
"As It Was in the Beginning" by Philip Verrill Mighels
I overcame the demon, and did not ask him.
"Debts of Honor" by Maurus Jókai
The Gospels are full of the awful activity of demons on earth in possessing men.
"Quiet Talks on the Crowned Christ of Revelation" by S. D. Gordon
The Greeks undoubtedly believed in demons, but, different from the nations around them, considered the demons to be well-intentioned.
"Three Thousand Years of Mental Healing" by George Barton Cutten
The demon and his phantom-horse have gone over the cliff!
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
And he's civil to the Demon, because his papa is a man of many shekels.
"The Hill" by Horace Annesley Vachell
In the very centre of your temple I would place a faun with swift, strange limbs, crisp, serpentine hair, and the smile of a demon.
"Clair de Lune" by Michael Strange
They seem endowed with demon life.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
If it was the demon, she could do no more to please him than promise him his cheese.
"Feats on the Fiord" by Harriet Martineau
He was extremely frightened, and made incoherent remarks about talking to a demon.
"Indirection" by Everett B. Cole
Chaldean demonism and marriage.+ Chaldean demonism affected wedding ceremonies.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
When you get there, you will see a number of demons and fairies who live in it.
"Indian Fairy Tales" by Anonymous
Surely thou art the demon of hidden treasures!
"La Sorcière: The Witch of the Middle Ages" by Jules Michelet
He was possessed of a demon to kill, kill the moment he became drunk.
"The Price of the Prairie" by Margaret Hill McCarter
Demons," he went on, raising his voice so that all could hear, "what care I for demons?
"Marguerite De Roberval" by T. G. Marquis
Demons for you they may be, But are angels unto me.
"Legends of Florence Collected from the People, First Series" by Charles Godfrey Leland
Green demons and red demons danced with pitchforks.
"Carnival" by Compton Mackenzie
The Demon of the South, our good, steady-going King of Spain, drives them hard.
"The White Plumes of Navarre" by Samuel Rutherford Crockett
She must surely have been one of the forest demons, who had merely assumed the form of Black Esther.
"On the Heights" by Berthold Auerbach

In poetry:

“O do not go,” the seamen said,
“To yonder fatal ground,
Where savage Jutts, and wicked elves,
And demon sprites, abound.”
"Saint Oluf (From The Old Danish)" by George Borrow
The Truth of truths men fear and deny,
The Light of lights they refuse;
To ignorant gods they lift their cry
Or a demon altar choose.
"A God's Labour" by Aurobindo Ghose
Out of some chant that demons sing
Of hate and pain, the sunset grew;
And, haply, still remembering,
Re-lives it here as some wild hue.
"Transmutation" by Madison Julius Cawein
The demon gave a drunken shriek,
And crept away in stealthiness,
And lo! instead, a person sleek,
Who seemed to burst with healthiness.
"Bob Polter" by William Schwenck Gilbert
“Forgotten of God and the demons—
Will he keep to his fancy amain?
Can he live for that horrible chaos
Of flame and perpetual rain?”
"Safi" by Henry Kendall
Forever thus it lives and acts,
With angel host, or demon throng, -
To sing with voice of heav'nly love,
Or shout, with dismal, hellish song.
"Thought" by Thomas Frederick Young

In news:

That there was no devil or demons plotting events so grim and dire, our very faces would melt at the sight of their evil mechanisms.
From the ' Music Box ' Emerges the Nazi Demon.
An old cliche from the Romantic Era holds that an artist's inspiration is a two-edged sword: angels come with demons, genius clings to madness, talent entails trouble.
Demons edge Pirates in overtime in NAC girls soccer.
Frontman Nergal has revealed that he is endorsing Demon Energy Drink, with a portion of the proceeds going to the cancer organization DKMS Americas, and that Behemoth will begin rehearsals for their next album in September.
Still struggling with her demons and creating controversy, Courtney Love continues to perform with her band Hole.
Demons to honor 1962 conference champs before facing Lamar.
The transformer blew up around 3:30 pm, three hours before the scheduled first pitch, as several Demon baseball players were taking batting practice in the cages just several feet from the explosion.
Protesters aren't interested in solutions, just demonizing enemies of the people.
Bleeding Through was forced to cancel their show with Demon Hunter this last Saturday because lead singer Brandan Schieppati had to have emergency orthodontic surgery.
Veterans Battle War's Demons With Paper-Making .
HOW accurate is the science in the new movie Angels & Demons.
Streaky Seminoles Hold Off Demon Deacons.
Demonizing our elected officials who helped make voting more accessible to Ohioans is unfair and just plain wrong.
Justin Townes Earle wrestles his demons and returns even stronger.

In science:

Nevertheless, kBT ln 2 of work extracted by the demon can be still useful.
Nonequilibrium Thermodynamics of Feedback Control
This negative entropy production is compensated for by the excess entropy production in the demon or the feedback controller , and therefore the entropy production in the total system consisting of the demon and the information heat engine is consistent with the second law of thermodynamics.
Nonequilibrium Thermodynamics of Feedback Control
BT , from a thermodynamic cycle with a single heat bath with the assistance of feedback control or Maxwell’s demon.
Nonequilibrium Thermodynamics of Feedback Control
Maxwel l’s demon 2: Entropy, Classical and Quantum Information, Computing”, H. S.
Nonequilibrium Thermodynamics of Feedback Control
Maxwell’s demon and Bennett’s reversible measurements).
Unifying typical entanglement and coin tossing: on randomization in probabilistic theories
Lloyd, Black Holes, Demons and the Loss of Coherence: How complex systems get information,and what they do with it.
Unifying typical entanglement and coin tossing: on randomization in probabilistic theories
In contrast to many descriptions of Maxwell’s demon, the observer (regarded as a device) is here subsumed into the ensemble description.
Decoherence: Basic Concepts and Their Interpretation
Zurek, W.H. (1984): “Maxwell’s demon, Szilard’s engine, and quantum measurements.” In: Frontiers in Nonequilibrium Statistical Mechanics, ed. by G.R.
Decoherence: Basic Concepts and Their Interpretation
If this sign is greater than or equal to zero, the flip is accepted and the demon changes its value.
A Dedicated Computer for Ising-like Spin Glass Models
If the sign is lower than zero, the spin and the demon do not change.
A Dedicated Computer for Ising-like Spin Glass Models
In other words, a polymerase is a Maxwell’s demon that “accumulates and stores” information by creating an ordered sequence of nucleotides, as directed by the corresponding template [186].
Template-directed biopolymerization: tape-copying Turing machines
The first one is an improved version of the microcanonical demon algorithm, it works directly in the ZZ2 gauge model and we shall describe it in sect. 4.2 below.
String Effects in the Wilson Loop: a high precision numerical test
In our simulation the microcanonical demon algorithm of Ref. was combined with a particularly efficient canonical update of the demons in order to obtain the canonical ensemble of the gauge model.
String Effects in the Wilson Loop: a high precision numerical test
The multispin coding implementation combined with the use of the microcanonical demon algorithm, which saves pseudo random numbers provides us with a performance increase compared with a naive implementation of the Metropolis algorithm of about a factor of 100.
String Effects in the Wilson Loop: a high precision numerical test
For moderate correlation lengths, as discussed in this paper, the microcanonical demon algorithm should provide superior performances compared to a cluster-update .
String Effects in the Wilson Loop: a high precision numerical test