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δαίμων

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Ancient Greek

Etymology

From Proto-Indo-European *deh₃-. Cognates include Sanskrit adjective often applied to gods भग (bhága), dispenser, gracious lord, patron), Old Persian 𐎲𐎥 (baga), god).

Pronunciation

  • (Classical): IPA: [da͜ɪ́mɔːn]
  • (Koine): IPA: [dˈɛːmo̞ːn]
  • (Byzantine): IPA: [ðˈemon]

Noun

δαίμων (genitive δαίμονος) f, third declension; (daimōn)

  1. god, goddess
  2. divine power
  3. fate, destiny, fortune
  4. departed soul
  5. (Christianity) demon, evil spirit

Usage notes

While δαίμων was sometimes used interchangeably with θεός, when used together in a context, a δαίμων is usually a lower god than a θεός.

Inflection

References

Strong’s concordance number: G1142

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