AskDefine | Define daemon

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1 one of the evil spirits of traditional Jewish and Christian belief [syn: devil, fiend, demon, daimon]
2 a person who is part mortal and part god [syn: demigod]

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Etymology 1

From sc=polytonic, from sc=polytonic.


  1. A demon.
  2. A lesser deity between men and gods.
  3. One's inner spirit or daimon.

Etymology 2

Perhaps an abbreviation of disk and execution monitor, or of device monitor, or perhaps just an adaptation of Etymology 1.


  1. computing Unix A process (a running program) that does not have a controlling terminal.
computing: a process that does not have a controlling terminal
  • Finnish: taustaprosessi, daemoni
Usage notes



  1. a demon


Derived terms

Extensive Definition

The term Daemon, dæmon, or demon has several meanings:
For more possible meanings see Demon (disambiguation) and Daimon (alternate spelling)
In literature:
In computers and software:
In games:
In film, music and media:
daemon in Spanish: Daemon (Desambiguación)
daemon in Dutch: Daemon
daemon in Portuguese: Daemon (desambiguação)
daemon in Chinese: Daemon (消歧義)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Geist, Muse, afflatus, ancestral spirits, angel, attendant godling, atua, control, creative thought, creativity, daimonion, demon, divine afflatus, evil spirits, fairy godmother, familiar, familiar spirit, fire of genius, genius, genius domus, genius loci, good angel, good genius, guardian, guardian angel, guardian spirit, guide, household gods, inspiration, intelligence, invisible helper, lares and penates, lares compitales, lares familiaris, lares permarini, lares praestites, lares viales, manes, ministering angel, numen, penates, soul, special providence, specter, spirit, supernatural being, talent, totem, tutelar god, tutelary
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