There are 3 definitions of demon in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdiːmən
 
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noun

  • 1An evil spirit or devil, especially one thought to possess a person or act as a tormentor in hell: he was possessed by an evil demon each of the damned souls was guarded by a group of hideous demons
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    • But there is simply no credible evidence to suggest the boy was possessed by demons or evil spirits.
    • Tibetans treat the blind as outcasts because they believe they are possessed by demons or have committed evil in a prior life.
    • In Tartini's time, the Devil personified the spirit of evil, a demon, the ruler of Hell, and the chief adversary of God.
    Synonyms
    devil, fiend, evil spirit, fallen angel, cacodemon; incubus, succubus; hellhound; Arabian & Muslim mythology afreet; Hindu mythology rakshasa
  • 1.1A cruel, evil, or unmanageable person: I was a little demon, I can tell you
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    • No, they are not animals, they are evil demons who hide under the cloak of kindness and normality while they hatch their plots.
    • Why did he go from nearly human to cruel demon in a heartbeat?
    • Three, I'm a sadistic demon that delights in your emotional pain.
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  • 1.2A powerful, often destructive compulsion or obsession: he is plagued by demons which go back to his childhood
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    • Both men were driven by powerful inner demons, throughout their childhood and into adulthood.
    • Plagued by demons of hate and angels of mercy, she had become his damsel in distress needing permanent rescuing.
    • Gerald suffers in his relationship with Gudrun, his mixture of violence and weakness arousing a destructive demon in her.
  • 1.3Something very insidious and harmful: the demon of sexism [as modifier]: the demon drink
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    • Barely three years ago, O'Sullivan was at rock-bottom and shut away in The Priory battling three demons - drugs, drink and depression.
    • Why do all my exes look so good, why haven't they fallen apart, lost themselves to the demons of drink, ended up in rehab, ended up in therapy.
    • Virtually everyone drinks the demon brew these days, even if it's cheap plonk bought in the supermarket at Mar'ton, much to the regret of Mean Mike at the post office.
  • 1.4 [mass noun] Reckless mischief; devilry: his eyes are bursting with pure demon
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    • So how odd that Howard should invest so much time and political capital in building a whole speech round this non-existent demon.

Phrases

like a demon

In a very forceful, fierce, or skilful way: he worked like a demon
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  • We had our excuses - Papa watched TV late and loud and snored like a demon and my reading lamp bothered Mother.
  • Toby in front of me was rowing like a demon, his competitiveness harnessed and proving very effective and Wheelie kept bellowing and keeping us focused.
  • After all, he scored the first goal, made the third and defended like a demon for the two periods of extra-time.

Origin

Middle English: from medieval Latin, from Latin daemon, from Greek daimōn 'deity, genius'; in sense 1 also from Latin daemonium 'lesser or evil spirit', from Greek daemonion, diminutive of daimōn.

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noun

Australian /NZ informal
  • A police officer.
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    • I only wish I had one of them button-hole cameras you see advertised - the demons use them I believe.
    • Demons were flown up from the south to make enquiries.

Origin

late 19th century: perhaps from Van Diemen's Land, an early name for Tasmania, or based on dee (slang term for detective) + man.

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