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An evil spirit or devil, especially one thought to possess a person or act as a tormentor in hell; the word is recorded from Middle English, and comes partly via medieval Latin and Latin from Greek daimōn ‘deity, genius’, and partly (in this sense) from Latin daemonium ‘lesser or evil spirit’, from Greek diminutive of daimōn.

From late Middle English, the word was also used for a divinity or supernatural being (in ancient Greek belief) of a nature between gods and humans, an inner or attendant spirit or inspiring force, for which daemon is now the standard spelling.

Subjects: Biblical Studies.

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