• WordNet 3.6
    • n demonization to represent as diabolically evil "the demonization of our enemies"
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A strange crowd of demons of all shapes and sizes A strange crowd of demons of all shapes and sizes


  • 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.


In literature:

To French sailors Belle Isle became Isle of Demons.
"Canada: the Empire of the North" by Agnes C. Laut
It stood at her elbow, then, like a demon full of suggestions that were terrible.
"The Call of the Blood" by Robert Smythe Hichens
But the demons were not so ready to give up what they felt was their lawful prey.
"Legend Land, Vol. 1" by Various
Is He not rather a demon than a God?
"The Necessity of Atheism" by Dr. D.M. Brooks
The demon in him had been quelled by the unflinching eyes of the sane man.
"The Seventh Noon" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
As one or the other triumphs, he exhibits the passions of a demon or the attributes of a God.
"Ernest Linwood" by Caroline Lee Hentz
The uttering of Solomon's own name casts out demons, cures the sick, and raises the dead.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India--Volume I (of IV)" by R.V. Russell
Witches could invoke the demons at their will and bring such persons as they chose within the demons' power.
"The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria" by Morris Jastrow
But he was not free as long as that sleeping demon by the fire still had strength to pursue and recapture him.
"Black Bruin" by Clarence Hawkes
The narcotic influence operated, and the irascible demon in his breast fell sound asleep.
"The Red Man's Revenge" by R.M. Ballantyne
Need we observe that our little hero is no longer subject to the demon which felled him at starting, and made his rosy face so pale?
"The Young Trawler" by R.M. Ballantyne
In the course of its romantic and chequered history the dragon has been identified with all of the gods and all of the demons of every religion.
"The Evolution of the Dragon" by G. Elliot Smith
Demons, 138, 266 n. 37, 280 n. 76.
"The Oriental Religions in Roman Paganism" by Franz Cumont
Many supposed that this was Lippold's familiar demon.
"The Serapion Brethren." by Ernst Theordor Wilhelm Hoffmann
At the commencement of her devotions the demon retired, and carried with him the anxious soul of poor Sir Roger de Rollo.
"Devil Stories" by Various
What fury, what demon has betrayed my abode to her?
"The Dramatic Works of G. E. Lessing" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
At this foolish reply the demon looked confounded.
"The Book of Gud" by Dan Spain
Far down on the dry bed of the river the chestnut-roasters danced like demons about their holocausts.
"Glories of Spain" by Charles W. Wood
The shepherds fable that it is the haunt of demons, and that no bird dare fly over its damned waters.
"The Poetical Works of Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bart. M.P." by Edward Bulwer Lytton
Truly this woman is a demon!
"Luxury-Gluttony:" by Eugène Sue

In poetry:

My old good friend, my faithful Demon,
Had sung the little song to me:
All night of hell the sailor sailed on,
But drowned by the morn in sea.
"The Clever Demon" by Nikolai Stepanovich Gumilev
His caverns are visited all save one,
The deepest, and direst in gloom,—
Where his father, doomed by a demon son,
Abode in a living tomb.—
"The Daughter Of Plantagenet - Fytte The Thyrde" by Thomas Cooper
DEMON. All my priceless wealth I've lost . . .
But I'm wrong to thus complain,
I'll forget, nay, think it gain,
Since my life it hath not cost.
"The Wonder-Working Magician - Act II" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
WELLS. Sprites of earth and air—
Fiends of flame and fire—
Demon souls,
Come here in shoals,
This dreaded deed inspire!
Appear, appear, appear.
"The Sorcerer: Act I" by William Schwenck Gilbert
``I soar where no skylark mounts and sings,
But the heavenly anthems swell,
And fan with the force of my demon wings
The furnace of nethermost Hell.
"The Wind Speaks" by Alfred Austin
“My sorrow shall hack at thy life!
Thou shalt wrestle with wraiths of thy sin,
And sleep on a pillow of strife
With demons without and within!”
"Australia Vindex" by Henry Kendall

In news:

They were most popular beginning with 1972 " Demons and Wizards", and they released five albums between 1972 and 1975.
Uriah Heep 's "Demons and Wizards".
The 36-year-old pop artist and Pixar veteran brings a modern twist to the gods and demons of Hindu mythology.
This room is as colorful as a candy store, its walls plastered with vivid, playful graphics of Hindu gods, demons and fantastic beasts.
SALT LAKE CITY — Looking for a season-opening road sweep on Halloween, the Mavericks instead were pierced Wednesday night by the pitchforks of a couple of 3-point demons.
The songs of Seattle's Hypatia Lake are a continuing story about a fictitious place and for "Angels and Demons, Space and Time" they further explore the tale with their imaginative shoegaze meets sonic experimentation.
In an effort explains the havoc caused by these twin demons, men have laid the blame at the feet of town and community leadership.
LAWRENCEVILLE — Beware of local speed demons, as a lawsuit between Gwinnett and its cities could leave local law enforcement empty-handed in stopping them.
A sculpture of a Rakshasa, the Hindu demon from which Jonathan Brossard's malware experiment takes its name.
When demons infest your 4-year-old.
All parents think, at some point, that their kids are possessed by demons.
Megan Fox plays a demonic girl who devours her high school classmates in… (Jason Merritt ).
In The Jezebel Yoke, Sandie Freed exposes the Jezebel spirit and its demonic allies, while also sharing how you can overcome the deceptive tactics used by these dark forces to control you.
Judgement Day Brings The "Demon Fire".
The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is both better and worse than us.

In science:

It is possible to use the information gained by such measurements to sort out system subensembles according to their measured energy, in order to extract work or entropy change, in the spirit of Maxwell’s demon.
Thermodynamical Control by Frequent Quantum Measurements
An application of a quantum Kolmogorov complexity would be to analyse a fully generalised quantum Maxwell’s demon .
Second Quantized Kolmogorov Complexity
Mora, Briegel and Kraus also applied the algorithmic complexity of quantum states to begin to look at the effect of entanglement on Maxwell’s demon.
Second Quantized Kolmogorov Complexity
On the other hand, for microscopic systems like bio-molecular machines driven by rectified thermal fluctuations, this Maxwell-Demon-like probability can be significant (Bustamante et al 2005).
Magnetism, FeS colloids, and Origins of Life
From the theoretical point of view, the relations between quantum discord and other concepts have been discussed, such as Maxwell’s demon [12, 13], completely positive maps , and relative entropy .
Generalizations of Quantum Discord
More information about my work is available at
Do We Need a Scientific Revolution?
Secondly, feedback control sheds light on the foundations of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics concerning “Maxwell’s demon” [78–83].
Nonequilibrium Thermodynamics of Feedback Control
In fact, Maxwell’s demon performs measurement and feedback control on thermodynamic systems.
Nonequilibrium Thermodynamics of Feedback Control
Recently, Maxwell’s demon has attracted renewed interest [84–98] from the standpoints of modern information theory and statistical mechanics. A quintessential model of Maxwell’s demon is a singleparticle heat engine proposed by L.
Nonequilibrium Thermodynamics of Feedback Control
During the thermodynamic cycle of the Szilard engine, the demon obtains 1 bit (= ln 2 nat) of information by a measurement, performs feedback control, and extracts kBT ln 2 of positive work from a single heat bath.
Nonequilibrium Thermodynamics of Feedback Control
Therefore, we cannot extract a net positive work from the total system of the engine and the demon in an isothermal cycle, and therefore the presence of the demon does not contradict the second law of thermodynamics.
Nonequilibrium Thermodynamics of Feedback Control
This is also natural from the thermodynamical point of view: Maxwell’s demon was exorcised just by including itself into the description .
Compressing compound states
Maxwell’s Demon II: Entropy, Classical and Quantum Information, Computing”, edited by H.S.
Deriving Landauer's erasure principle from statistical mechanics
We will do so by introducing what we call demon observers, showing that invoking them is equivalent to invoking hidden variables, then emphasising that we have no rational reason to invoke them.
Weak Values and Relational Generalisations
Someone who does know the value that a variable takes—particularly a value that a variable ‘hidden’ from us takes—we call a demon observer.
Weak Values and Relational Generalisations