• WordNet 3.6
    • v demonize make into a demon "Power had demonized him"
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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.
    • Demonize To control or possess by a demon.
    • Demonize To convert into a demon; to infuse the principles or fury of a demon into.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • demonize To subject to the influence of demons; make like a demon; render demoniacal or diabolical.
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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. LL. daemonizare, to be possessed by a demon, Gr.


In literature:

In the wail of the white-foamed reefs, their superstition heard the shriek of the demons.
"Pathfinders of the West" by A. C. Laut
He rushes frantically after a cloud which he mistakes for a demon that carried away his bride.
"Tales from the Hindu Dramatists" by R. N. Dutta
We shall put the demon to flight.
"The Story of the Innumerable Company, and Other Sketches" by David Starr Jordan
Was he a man, in the usual acceptance of the term, or was he a demon incarnated?
"The Mark of the Beast" by Sidney Watson
From the beginning here, those who spoke for gods and demons did not also order men.
"Voodoo Planet" by Andrew North
As pretty as if demons had fixed it.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
He even has power over demons!
"Men Called Him Master" by Elwyn Allen Smith
It had become a demon to him now and he hated it.
"The Young Pitcher" by Zane Grey
He also possesses a musical instrument, of which the demons stand in great terror.
"The Hero of Esthonia and Other Studies in the Romantic Literature of That Country" by William Forsell Kirby
There is a tradition that one of the causes of the Flood was the intercourse men had with demons.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
Meeting an untimely end, the Spirit now wanders as an unworshipped demon; as one deprived of all honour in the grave.
"Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House)" by James S. De Benneville
For I am one, though young, yet old enough to know ambition is a demon; and I fly from what I fear.
"The Young Duke" by Benjamin Disraeli
The conquered demons growl in the distance, and a rainbow stretches its brilliant arch over this my beloved kingdom.
"A Struggle for Rome, v. 3" by Felix Dahn
He was a demon in the air.
"A Yankee Flier with the R.A.F." by Rutherford G. Montgomery
And at even, when the sun set, they brought unto him all that were sick, and them that were possessed with demons.
"The Bible Story" by Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
Then as the demon sat eating the good things he began to question the boy and tried to find out all that he could about him.
"The Pearl Story Book" by Various
I was determined to make my escape from the abode of demons and idol worshippers.
"Told by the Death's Head" by Mór Jókai
They declared that it was filled with demons and haunted by all kinds of evil spirits.
"The Red Miriok" by Anna M. Barnes
He is a veritable demon; he often predicts the future, and has a habit of running abroad during the night.
"The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries" by W. Y. Evans Wentz
"The History of the Life and Adventures of Mr. Duncan Campell" by Daniel Defoe

In poetry:

What exile from himself can flee?
To zones, though more and more remote,
Still, still pursues, where'er I be,
The blight of life--the demon Thought.
"Childe Harold's Pilgrimage: A Romaunt. Canto I. " by Lord George Gordon Byron
"As on that awful gulf I walked,
A black-robed demon with me talked:
'Behold yon spirit lost!' I heard him cry,
''Tis one we strove o'er, thou and I.
"The Legend of St. Bevon!" by Alice Coale Simpers
His lips have drain'd that sparkling cup,
And he turn'd on her his raptur'd eyes !
When something, like a demon-smile,
Betray'd the smooth disguise !
"The Prophecy Of Merlin" by Anne Bannerman
Hell is the demons' gulfèd lair
Beneath the flaming bars; And Heaven, whereto thou goest soon,
Beyond thy dwelling in the moon
And beyond the stars.
"The Anchoret" by Thomas MacDonagh
'"Come out!" with me the oriole cries,
Escape the demon that pursues you:
And, hark, the cuckoo weather-wise,
Still hiding farther onward, wooes you.'
"The Nightingale In The Study" by James Russell Lowell
The flowers which smiled on either hand,
Like tempting fiends, were such as they
Which once, o'er all that Eastern land,
As gifts on demon altars lay.
"The Star Of Bethlehem" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Americans should be wary of efforts to demonize the Serb people.
Both my parents suffered from depression, and they had their own demons and issues, and they did the best they could.
On " Goblin 's" opening title track, Tyler consults with his therapist (Tyler again, using his Creepy Demon voice).
President Obama's negative campaigning worked (demonize opponents, lie about your record and scaremonger).
Demonic in this twisted sense.'.
It is so obvious the Yuma Sun promotes every single point in Obama's agenda and demonizes any policy of austerity put forth by Republicans even though the country is swimming in debt.
John Kuntz, The Plain Dealer The Westlake Demons baseball team celebrates its victory in May over St Ignatius in the Division I regional semifinal game.
Mad Hatter , Demon Barber Are Spirited in St Louis.
Veterans still struggle to overcome perceptions of war, personal demons.
And then there were those with mental problems, demon possessed.
Jack Nicklaus exorcises Ford-era demons by stumping for Romney.
Santorum demonizes parts of the electorate as " snobs " while seeking the snobbiest job in America.
Just two weeks of football, the Sutter High football team has exorcised its demons.
Killr punx, scary demons, drug dealers, and whores.
Tito demonized republic's heritage on path to erecting Yugoslav union.

In science:

The Maxwell Demon gives the first clear picture of a difference between macroscopic and microscopic tools for ensembles control (there are books devoted to analysis of this Demon [10, 11]).
Geometry of irreversibility: The film of nonequilibrium states
The way how we get it may be different and unknown, for example, some demon or oracle1 can give it to us.
Geometry of irreversibility: The film of nonequilibrium states
Maxwel l’s Demon 2: Entropy, Classical and Quantum Information, Computing. 2nd edition. H. S.
Geometry of irreversibility: The film of nonequilibrium states
Demon observers who know the configuration will predict different probabilities for future (or past) events in comparison to an observer who does not know the configuration (it is ‘hidden’ from her).
Relationalism vs. Bayesianism
So why presume that a list of demon observers who each predict different things to the ignorant observer is operationally equivalent to the ignorant observer? This is an assumption that has not been rationally or operationally justified.
Relationalism vs. Bayesianism
So one might argue against the pedagogical use of demon observers rather than argue for nonlocality in quantum theory.
Relationalism vs. Bayesianism
Is there an implicit problem in invoking a list of counterfactually distinct demon observers? Demon observers are simply not operationally justified, just as a particular background spacetime is not operationally justified.
Relationalism vs. Bayesianism
When using the term ignorant above we obviously only mean that he is comparatively ignorant in comparison to a postulated demon observer who does know the hidden configuration.
Relationalism vs. Bayesianism
So, we can postulate demon observers and equate ignorance with a lack of knowledge as to which demon is correct.
Relationalism vs. Bayesianism
Clearly a meta-demon who is ignorant of which demon minion is correct knows a lot more than we do—he knows which list of counterfactually possible configurations to use and what prior-probabilities to assign them.
Relationalism vs. Bayesianism
If, however, we model ignorance as the ignorance of a meta-demon observer who is unclear as to which of his demon minions is correct then we need lots of prior notions of probability.
Relationalism vs. Bayesianism
Ignorance, in the Bayesian interpretation, is not about meta-demons, it is about a standard no-nonsense observer.
Relationalism vs. Bayesianism
If one doesn’t like the cyclical nature of invoking prior-probabilities and demons to define probabilities in quantum theory then don’t use them; use Bayesian principles.
Relationalism vs. Bayesianism
However, knowing which value is the case alters the demon observer’s probabilistic predictions (he clearly knows more than we do).
Weak Values and Relational Generalisations
This is fine if we are ourselves the demon observer and come to know which value is the case; we just update our predictions.
Weak Values and Relational Generalisations