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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Mythology A terrifying ancient deity or demon of the underworld.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A pagan god or demon, associated with the underworld and envisaged as a powerful primordial being, whose very name was taboo; an incubus.
  • proper n. A manufactured horror; a Frankenstein's monster.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A mysterious, terrible, and evil divinity, regarded by some as the author of creation, by others as a great magician who was supposed to command the spirits of the lower world. See Gorgon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A mysterious divinity, viewed as an object of terror rather than of worship, by some regarded as the author of creation, and by others as a famous magician, to whose spell all the inhabitants of Hades were subjected.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (Greek mythology) a mysterious and terrifying deity of the underworld

Etymologies

Late Latin Dēmogorgōn.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
A pseudo-Greek mythological figure most likely actually invented Christian scholar ca 350-400 CE. The origins of the name are uncertain, partly because the figure itself was possibly of imaginary coinage. Various theories suggest that the name is derived from the Greek words daemon ('spirit' given the Christian connotations of 'demon' in the early Middle Ages)— or, less likely demos ('people')— and Gorgon or gorgos ('grim'). A less accepted theory claims that it is derived from a variation of 'demiurge'. (Wiktionary)

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