Adjective "demoniac" definition and examples

Pronunciation

/dɪˈməʊnɪak/

Definitions and examples

adjective

Relating to or characteristic of a demon or demons.
  1. 'demoniac rage'
  2. 'One of them gives a demoniac plan, and another comes and gives a demoniac clap to it.'
  3. 'I closed the drawer, I hopped and gloated and laughed, triumphing, completely maniacal, demoniac.'
  4. 'Her silky mane of angelic blonde hair still remained unchanged, but it now looked hideously out of place on her demoniac head.'
  5. 'Barely average height, his flashing, sometimes demoniac approach, which so contrasted with the measured Kemble school, made him one of the most controversial of the early 19th-century actors, generating as much abuse as admiration.'

noun

A person supposedly possessed by an evil spirit.
  1. 'Generally, they were not regarded as guilty of any sin or crime but as innocent victims of demonic attack; however, in several cases demoniacs did claim that they had been possessed as the result of witchcraft.'
  2. 'While Nickell mentioned that many early cases of possession were probably due to disorders such as epilepsy or Tourette's syndrome, pharmacology may also play an increasing role in treating alleged demoniacs.'
  3. 'With the energy of a demoniac, Moby exploded around the stage leaping and bouncing under an impressive lighting system that provided a devilish hue for the night's opening anthems ‘Machete’ and ‘Porcelain.’'

Definitions

1. of, relating to, or like a demon; demonic: demoniac laughter.

2. possessed by or as by an evil spirit; raging; frantic. noun

3. a person seemingly possessed by a demon or evil spirit.

More examples(as adjective)

"sounds can be demoniac."

"rages can be demoniac."

"qualities can be demoniac."

"creeds can be demoniac."

"choruses can be demoniac."

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Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French demoniaque, from ecclesiastical Latin daemoniacus, from daemonium ‘lesser or evil spirit’ (see demon).