Demoniac De*mo"ni*ac, Demoniacal Dem`o*ni"a*cal (?; 277), a. [L. daemoniacus, fr. daemon; cf. F. d['e]moniaque. See {Demon}.] 1. Pertaining to, or characteristic of, a demon or evil spirit; devilish; as, a demoniac being; demoniacal practices. [1913 Webster]

Sarcastic, demoniacal laughter. --Thackeray. [1913 Webster]

2. Influenced or produced by a demon or evil spirit; as, demoniac or demoniacal power. ``Demoniac frenzy.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. resembling or suggesting possession by a demon; as, demoniac energy. [WordNet 1.5]

4. in a murderous frenzy as if possessed by a demon.

Syn: amuck, amok, berserk, demoniac, possessed(predicate). [WordNet 1.5]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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