from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Possessed, produced, or influenced by a demon.
  • adjective Of, resembling, or suggestive of a devil; fiendish.
  • noun One who is or seems to be possessed by a demon.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Pertaining to a demon or spirit.
  • Produced by demons; influenced by demons.
  • Of the character of a demon; acting as if possessed by demons; wild; frantic; extremely wicked or cruel.
  • noun One who is supposed to be possessed by a demon; one whose volition and other mental faculties seem to be overpowered. restrained, or disturbed in their regular operation by an evil spirit; specifically, a lunatic.
  • noun [capitalized] One of a section of the Anabaptists who maintained that, the devils would ultimately be saved.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A human being possessed by a demon or evil spirit; one whose faculties are directly controlled by a demon.
  • noun (Eccl. Hist.) One of a sect of Anabaptists who maintain that the demons or devils will finally be saved.
  • adjective Pertaining to, or characteristic of, a demon or evil spirit; devilish
  • adjective Influenced or produced by a demon or evil spirit.
  • adjective resembling or suggesting possession by a demon.
  • adjective in a murderous frenzy as if possessed by a demon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective possessed or controlled by a demon.
  • adjective Of or pertaining to demons; demonic.
  • noun One who is possessed or controlled by a demon.

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

  • adjective frenzied as if possessed by a demon
  • noun someone who acts as if possessed by a demon


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

[Middle English demoniak, from Late Latin daemoniacus, from Greek *daimoniakos, from daimonios, of a spirit, from daimōn, divine power; see demon.]

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Latin daemoniacus.


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