From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
- An evil spirit.
- A fallen angel or Satanic divinity; a false god.
- One’s inner spirit or genius, a daimon.
- A spirit or lesser divinity between men and gods.
- A foible; a flaw in a person’s character.
- The demon of stupidity haunts me whenever I open my mouth.
- Someone of remarkable or diabolical energy or ability.
- He’s a demon at the card tables.
In religion, folklore, and mythology a demon (or daemon, dæmon, daimon from Greek: δαίμων [ðaïmon]) is a supernatural being that has generally been described as a malevolent spirit, and in Christian terms it is generally understood as a Fallen angel, formerly of God. A demon is frequently depicted as a force that may be conjured and insecurely controlled. The "good" demon in recent use is largely a literary device (e.g., Maxwell's demon), though references to good demons can be found in Hesiod and Shakespeare. In common language, to "demonize" a person means to characterize or portray them as evil, or as the source of evil.
- Classification of demons
- Christian demonology
- Demonic possession
- Folk devil
- List of theological demons
- List of fictional demons
- Names of the demons
- Saint Michael
- Spiritual warfare
- Unconscious embodiment