Meaning of demoniac in English:


Pronunciation /dɪˈməʊnɪak/

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  • Relating to or characteristic of a demon or demons.

    ‘a goddess with both divine and demoniac qualities’
    • ‘demoniac rage’
    • ‘One of them gives a demoniac plan, and another comes and gives a demoniac clap to it.’
    • ‘Her silky mane of angelic blonde hair still remained unchanged, but it now looked hideously out of place on her demoniac head.’
    • ‘The six-storey tall screen captures the demoniac fury of the falls in such realistic detail that you cringe with fear as you watch it.’
    • ‘Oh, he's always stunning… but when he's sitting and doing nothing he looks angelic and all the rest of the time demoniac.’
    • ‘I closed the drawer, I hopped and gloated and laughed, triumphing, completely maniacal, demoniac.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When the Count saw my face, his eyes blazed with a sort of demoniac fury, and he suddenly made a grab at my throat.’
    • ‘Eustace's first act was to bless a holy well at Wye, where many healing miracles were reported and a woman was cured of demoniac possession.’
    • ‘In the Middle Ages compassion and support for persons with mental illness subsisted along with the belief in demoniac possession as a primary aetiology of mental illness.’
    diabolical, fiendish, devilish, demonic, demoniac, demoniacal, Mephistophelian
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  • A person supposedly possessed by an evil spirit.

    ‘So with the assistance of his possessed, his demoniacs, or his convulsionaries, he procured testimonies which, from his own mouth, would have been too suspicious, and might have caused him hatred.’
    • ‘‘Throughout the auditorium, demoniacs are paired off with exorcism ministers,’ writes Cuneo, who himself rushed help wrestle down a particularly violent demoniac to prevent him from further battering Pastor Mike.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the meantime, generations of scientists had ‘proved’ that women were witches, demoniacs, or hysterics.’
    • ‘We've all heard the saying, ‘Actions speak louder than words,’ and the story of the demoniac in Capernaum is an excellent illustration of its truth.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘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.’


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