Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of demoniac character or origin; like a demon; demoniac.

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  • adjective Pertaining to, characteristic of, or produced by a demon or evil spirit; devilish or fiendish.

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  • adjective frenzied as if possessed by a demon

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Examples

  • With the next breath it shrieks in demoniacal fury, "We must have a victim for the sacrifice, and you shall pay! pay! pay!"

    Madeleine: An Autobiography

  • -- The word rendered "devils," is always used for those spiritual agents employed in demoniacal possessions -- never for the ordinary agency of Satan in rational men.

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • Fed by this stream of thought, and developed in the warm atmosphere of medieval devotion, the idea of demoniacal possession as the main source of lunacy grew and blossomed and bore fruit in noxious luxuriance.

    A History of the warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom

  • Till this moment the idea of demoniacal interference in my undertaking had not occurred to me.

    Visions -- A Phantasy

  • Not only at the time of Christ's appearance, but also in the centuries immediately following, [228] many forms of disease like those called demoniacal in the New Testament were spread abroad; and we may infer that the same cause was at work in both periods.

    The Life of Jesus Christ in Its Historical Connexion and Historical Developement.

  • [427] Christ here indicates that the so-called demoniacal possessions were nothing else but individual phenomena of Satan's kingdom manifested among men.

    The Life of Jesus Christ in Its Historical Connexion and Historical Developement.

  • In those same days, also, the newsman brought to us daily accounts of a regularly accepted and received system of loading the unfortunate insane with chains, littering them down on straw, starving them on bread and water, damaging their clothes, and making periodical exhibitions of them at a small charge; and that on a Sunday one of our public resorts was a kind of demoniacal zoological gardens.

    Speeches: Literary and Social

  • In those same days, also, the newsman brought to us daily accounts of a regularly accepted and received system of loading the unfortunate insane with chains, littering them down on straw, starving them on bread and water, damaging their clothes, and making periodical exhibitions of them at a small charge; and that on a Sunday one of our public resorts was a kind of demoniacal zoological gardens.

    Speeches: Literary and Social

  • Hecker states, "The swarms of St. John’s dancers were accompanied by minstrels playing those noisy instruments which roused their morbid feelings; moreover, by means of intoxicating music, a kind of demoniacal festival for the rude multitude was established, which had the effect of spreading this unhappy malady wider and wider.

    The International Monthly Magazine - Volume V - No II

  • It would frame WikiLeaks as a terrorist operation, or cast the WikiLeaks leader, Julian Assange, as a demoniacal madman, the successor of Saddam Hussein.

    Merrill Cole: WikiLeaks and David Wojnarowicz: A Perspective from Berlin

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