• Greek: daimon, daimonion, a genius: a spirit between the gods and men


In the New Testament the word is synonymous with the evil spirit, and in English versions of the Bible is rendered “devil” and consequently designates a maleficent being, a meaning not necessarily implied in the original word “demon.” One possessed or controlled by an evil spirit is a demoniac, or energumen. In art demons are associated with

MLA Citation

  • “demon”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 20 April 2017. Web. 18 January 2022. <>