Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Demonian adjective Relating to, or having the nature of, a demon. " Demonian spirits." Milton.
Demonianism noun The state of being possessed by a demon or by demons.
Demonic adjective [ Latin daemonicus , Greek daimoniko`s .] Of or pertaining to a demon or to demons; demoniac. " Demonic ambushes." Lowell.
[ Confer French démonisme
.] The belief in demons or false gods.
The established theology of the heathen world . . . rested upon the basis of demonism . Farmer.
Demonist noun A believer in, or worshiper of, demons.
Demonize transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Demonized
; present participle & verbal noun Demonizing
.] [ Confer Late Latin daemonizare
to be possessed by a demon, Greek ....] 1. To convert into a demon; to infuse the principles or fury of a demon into. 2. To control or possess by a demon.
[ Greek dai`mwn
demon + kra`tos
strength: confer French démonocratie
.] The power or government of demons.
A demonocracy of unclean spirits. H. Taylor.
Demonographer noun [ Demon + -graph + -er .] A demonologist. [ R.] Am. Cyc.
Demonolatry noun [ Greek dai`mwn demon + latrei`a worship, ... to serve, worship: confer French démonolâtrie .] The worship of demons.
Demonologer noun One versed in demonology. R. North.
Demonologic, Demonological adjective [ Confer French démonologique .] Of or pertaining to demonology.
Demonologist noun One who writes on, or is versed in, demonology.
Demonology noun [ Demon + -logy : confer French démonologie .] A treatise on demons; a supposititious science which treats of demons and their manifestations. Sir W. Scott.
Demonomagy noun [ Greek dai`mwn demon + magei`a magic.] Magic in which the aid of demons is invoked; black or infernal magic. Bp. Hurd.
Demonomania noun [ Demon + mania .] A form of madness in which the patient conceives himself possessed of devils.
Demonomist noun One in subjection to a demon, or to demons. [ R.] Sir T. Herbert.
Demonomy noun [ Greek dai`mwn demon + no`mos law.] The dominion of demons. [ R.] Sir T. Herbert.
Demonry noun Demoniacal influence or possession. J. Baillie.
Demonship noun The state of a demon. Mede.
Demonstrability noun The quality of being demonstrable; demonstrableness.
[ Latin demonstrabilis
: confer Old French demonstrable
, French démontrable
.] 1. Capable of being demonstrated; that can be proved beyond doubt or question.
The grand articles of our belief are as demonstrable as geometry. Glanvill. 2. Proved; apparent.
[ Obsolete] Shak.
Demonstrableness noun The quality of being demonstrable; demonstrability.
Demonstrably adverb In a demonstrable manner; incontrovertibly; clearly.
Cases that demonstrably concerned the public cause. Clarendon.
Demonstrance noun [ Old French demonstrance .] Demonstration; proof. [ Obsolete] Holland.
Demonstrate transitive verb
[ Latin demonstratus
, past participle of demonstrare
to demonstrate; de-
to show. See Monster
.] 1. To point out; to show; to exhibit; to make evident. Shak. 2. To show, or make evident, by reasoning or proof; to prove by deduction; to establish so as to exclude the possibility of doubt or denial.
We can not demonstrate these things so as to show that the contrary often involves a contradiction. Tillotson. 3. (Anat.) To exhibit and explain (a dissection or other anatomical preparation).
[ Latin demonstratio
: confer French démonstration
.] 1. The act of demonstrating; an exhibition; proof; especially, proof beyond the possibility of doubt; indubitable evidence, to the senses or reason.
Those intervening ideas which serve to show the agreement of any two others are called "proofs;" and where agreement or disagreement is by this means plainly and clearly perceived, it is called demonstration . Locke. 2. An expression, as of the feelings, by outward signs; a manifestation; a show.
Did your letters pierce the queen to any demonstration of grief? Shak.
Loyal demonstrations toward the prince. Prescott. 3. (Anat.) The exhibition and explanation of a dissection or other anatomical preparation. 4. (Mil.) a decisive exhibition of force, or a movement indicating an attack. 5. (Logic) The act of proving by the syllogistic process, or the proof itself. 6. (Math.) A course of reasoning showing that a certain result is a necessary consequence of assumed premises; -- these premises being definitions, axioms, and previously established propositions. Direct
, or Positive
, demonstration (Logic & Math.)
, one in which the correct conclusion is the immediate sequence of reasoning from axiomatic or established premises
; -- opposed to Indirect
, or Negative
, demonstration (called also reductio ad absurdum ), in which the correct conclusion is an inference from the demonstration that any other hypothesis must be incorrect.
[ French démonstratif
, Latin demonstrativus
.] 1. Having the nature of demonstration; tending to demonstrate; making evident; exhibiting clearly or conclusively.
An argument necessary and demonstrative . Hooker. 2. Expressing, or apt to express, much; displaying feeling or sentiment; as, her nature was demonstrative . 3. Consisting of eulogy or of invective.
eloquence." Blair. Demonstrative pronoun (Gram.)
, a pronoun distinctly designating that to which it refers.
Demonstrative noun (Gram.) A demonstrative pronoun; as, "this" and "that" are demonstratives .
Demonstratively adverb In a manner fitted to demonstrate; clearly; convincingly; forcibly.
Demonstrativeness noun The state or quality of being demonstrative.
Demonstrator noun [ Latin : confer French démonstrateur .]
1. One who demonstrates; one who proves anything with certainty, or establishes it by indubitable evidence. 2. (Anat.) A teacher of practical anatomy.
Demonstratory adjective Tending to demonstrate; demonstrative. Johnson.
Demorage noun Demurrage. [ Obsolete] Pepys (1663).
Demoralization noun [ Confer French démoralisation .] The act of corrupting or subverting morals. Especially: The act of corrupting or subverting discipline, courage, hope, etc., or the state of being corrupted or subverted in discipline, courage, etc.; as, the demoralization of an army or navy.
Demoralize transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Demoralized
; present participle & verbal noun Demoralizing
.] [ French démoraliser
; prefix dé-
) + moraliser
. See Moralize
.] To corrupt or undermine in morals; to destroy or lessen the effect of moral principles on; to render corrupt or untrustworthy in morals, in discipline, in courage, spirit, etc.; to weaken in spirit or efficiency.
The demoralizing example of profligate power and prosperous crime. Walsh.
The vices of the nobility had demoralized the army. Bancroft.
Demosthenic adjective [ Latin Demosthenicus : confer French Démosthénique .] Pertaining to, or in the style of, Demosthenes, the Grecian orator.
Demote transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Demoted
; present participle & verbal noun Demoting
.] [ Prefix de-
, as in promote
; confer Latin demovere
to remove.] To reduce to a lower grade, as in school.
[ Greek dhmotiko`s
, from dh^mos
the people: confer French démotique
.] Of or pertaining to the people; popular; common. Demotic alphabet
, a form of writing used in Egypt after six or seven centuries before Christ, for books, deeds, and other such writings; a simplified form of the hieratic character; -- called also epistolographic character , and enchorial character . See Enchorial .
Demotics noun The department of knowledge relative to the care and culture of the people; sociology in its broadest sense; -- in library cataloguing.
Demount intransitive verb To dismount. [ R.]
[ See De-
.] Capable of being dismounted; -- said of a form of rim, for an automobile wheel, which can be removed with its tire from the wheel.
Dempne transitive verb To damn; to condemn. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
(?; 215), Dem"ster noun
[ See Deemster
.] 1. A deemster. 2. (O. Scots Law) An officer whose duty it was to announce the doom or sentence pronounced by the court.
Demulce transitive verb [ Latin demulcere ; de- + mulcere to stroke, soothe.] To soothe; to mollify; to pacify; to soften. [ R.] Sir T. Elyot.
Demulcent adjective [ Latin demulcens , present participle of demulcere .] Softening; mollifying; soothing; assuasive; as, oil is demulcent .
Demulcent noun (Medicine) A substance, usually of a mucilaginous or oily nature, supposed to be capable of soothing an inflamed nervous membrane, or protecting it from irritation. Gum Arabic, glycerin, olive oil, etc., are demulcents.
Demulsion noun The act of soothing; that which soothes. Feltham.