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daimon

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Etymology

From Ancient Greek δαίμων.

Noun

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daimon

  1. A tutelary spirit that guides a person; a genius.
    • 1891, Walter James Hoffman, The Mide'wiwin or "Grand Medicine Society" of the Ojibwa
      The object which first appears is adopted as the personal mystery, guardian spirit, or tutelary daimon of the entranced, and is never mentioned by him without first making a sacrifice.
    • 1900, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Over the Teacups
      All at once, my daimon—that other Me over whom I button my waistcoat when I button it over my own person—put it into my head to look up the story of Madame Saqui.
    • 1960, Charles I. Glicksberg, Norman Mailer: The Angry Young Novelist in America, in Wisconsin Studies in Contemporary Literature, vol. 1, no. 1
      He will release his pent-up rage and fear no evil, for his genius is with him, and his daimon bids him violate all the taboos of the literary marketplace.

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References

  • Oxford English Dictionary, second edition.

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