δαίμων

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Ancient Greek[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From δαίομαι (daíomai, to divide) +‎ -μων (-mōn), from Proto-Indo-European *deh₂-i- (to divide, cut). For similar semantic development compare Old Persian 𐎲𐎥 (baga, god), Sanskrit भग (bhága, dispenser, patron) (usually applied to gods) beside Avestan 𐬠𐬀𐬔𐬀- (baga-, part) and Sanskrit भजति (bhájati, to divide, apportion).

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Noun[edit]

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

  1. god, goddess
    1. divine power, deity
    2. guardian spirit (Latin genius), and so one's fate, destiny, fortune
  2. departed soul
  3. (ecclesiastical) demon, evil spirit

Usage notes[edit]

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

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