- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- So how odd that Howard should invest so much time and political capital in building a whole speech round this non-existent demon.
- like a demon
- In a very forceful, fierce, or skillful 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'; sense 1 also from Latin daemonium 'lesser or evil spirit', from Greek daemonion, diminutive of daimōn.
The Greek word daimōn is the root of demon. In ancient Greece a demon or daemon was a divine or supernatural being somewhere between gods and humans, or an attendant spirit or inspiring force, a sense picked up by Philip Pullman in his His Dark Materials books. These demons were not evil; these did not appear until the writing of the Septuagint, a Greek version of the Hebrew Bible, in the 3rd and 2nd centuries bc. In Australia and New Zealand demon is a word for a police officer. This could be from Van Dieman's Land, an early name for Tasmania, or from dee, an old slang term for a detective, and man. Either way, the criminals who first used it probably considered the usual sense of demon to be appropriate. See also devil