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energumen

Line breaks: en|er¦gu|men
Pronunciation: /ˌɛnəˈɡjuːmən
 
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Definition of energumen in English:

noun

archaic
A person believed to be possessed by the devil or a spirit.
Example sentences
  • The sprightly energumen lives and breathes his words on the stage for 53 minutes.
  • Apparently an energumen, she had exhibited symptoms of diabolical possession for a dozen years: she could not pray, take communion or even pronounce the name of Christ.
  • The energumens, who were exorcized daily, were prevented by the daily exorcisms and sweeping duties from pursuing their usual callings.

Origin

early 18th century (also denoting an enthusiast or fanatic): via late Latin from Greek energoumenos, passive participle of energein 'work in or upon'.

Words that rhyme with energumen

crewman, crewmen, human, ichneumon, Newman, numen, Schumann, subhuman, Trueman

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