Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One possessed by an evil spirit; a demoniac. In the early church the energumens were officially recognized as a separate class, to be benefited spiritually and mentally by special prayer for them, frequent benediction, and daily imposition of the exorcist's hands.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Eccl. Antiq.) One possessed by an evil spirit; a demoniac.
- From Latin energumenus, from Ancient Greek ἐνεργούμενον (energoúmenon), from verb ἐνεργέω (energeō, "to influence"). (Wiktionary)
“So what if I am quite a spectacular energumen, at least I'm full of surprises.”
“On the left is a prostrate energumen striking his forehead against the ground, with”
“At any rate, in Oxford the young energumen found himself happy and merry beyond words: he worked brilliantly, was a notable figure in the Union debates, argued passionately against every conventional English tradition, and attacked authority, complacence, and fetichism of every kind.”
“Nevertheless, they did not make him out to be an energumen for all that.”
“His verses I detest, but I love to hear him recite them -- he has the air of an energumen.”
“A few hours had sufficed to break the spirit of the energumen, who now declared that he recognized the authority of the magistrates and begged forgiveness for having insulted them.”
“And in a leading article of the "Trumpet," Keck characterized Ladislaw's speech at a Reform meeting as "the violence of an energumen -- a miserable effort to shroud in the brilliancy of fireworks the daring of irresponsible statements and the poverty of a knowledge which was of the cheapest and most recent description.”
“In the first place, it is my duty to acknowledge that but for your interference yesterday the gigantic energumen by whom I was unexpectedly beset would have slain me.”
“Ladislaw's speech at a Reform meeting as "the violence of an energumen -- a miserable effort to shroud in the brilliancy of fireworks the daring of irresponsible statements and the poverty of a knowledge which was of the cheapest and most recent description.”
“He coloured and looked astonished, as well as annoyed; and the words had no sooner escaped my lips than I felt a shock of alarm lest such an anticipation of words -- very far from being words of course, easy to divine -- should have betrayed me as an exceptional being, a sort of quiet energumen, whom every one, Bertha above all, would shudder at and avoid.”
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