- 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 demonsMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1A cruel, evil, or unmanageable person: I was a little demon, I can tell youMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.2A powerful, often destructive compulsion or obsession: he is plagued by demons which go back to his childhoodMore example sentences
- 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 drinkMore example sentences
- 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 demonMore example sentences
- So how odd that Howard should invest so much time and political capital in building a whole speech round this non-existent demon.
- 2 [often as modifier] A forceful or skilful performer of a specified activity: a friend of mine is a demon cookMore example sentences
genius, wizard, expert, master, adept, virtuoso, maestro, past master, marvel, prodigy; star; German wunderkind• informal hotshot, wiz, whizz, whizz-kid, buff, old hand, pro, ace, something else, something to shout about, something to write home aboutBritish • informal dab hand• rare proficient
- Our first tests of the company's new speed demon show some impressive performance gains.
- Remember those occasions when he would have made batting easy for his partners by taking on the demon bowlers all by himself.
- Cotton might not be the demon fabric that performance apparel manufacturers say it is, but I'm going to keep my Under Armour shirt.
like a demon
- In a very forceful, fierce, or skilful way: he worked like a demonMore example sentences
- 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.
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.
nounAustralian/NZ • informal
- A police officer.More example sentences
- 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.
late 19th century: perhaps from Van Diemen's Land, an early name for Tasmania, or based on dee (slang term for detective) + man.