daemon

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Etymology 1[edit]

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A borrowing of Latin daemōn (tutelary deity), from Ancient Greek δαίμων (daímōn, dispenser, tutelary deity).

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daemon (plural daemons or daemones)

  1. An idea depicted as an entity.
  2. (uncommon) Alternative form of demon.
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Etymology 2[edit]

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From Maxwell's demon; a derivation from “disk and execution monitor” is generally considered a backronym.

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daemon (plural daemons)

  1. (computing, Unix) A process (a running program) that does not have a controlling terminal.
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  • (Unix): Often a daemon will be a server.
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daemon

  1. Rōmaji transcription of ダエモン

Latin[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek δαίμων (daímōn, dispenser, god, protective spirit).

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daemōn m (genitive daemonis); third declension

  1. a genius loci, a lar, the protective spirit or godling of a place or household
  2. (astrology) the 11th of the 12 signs of the zodiac
  3. (Ecclesiastical Latin) a demon
    • 1633, Johannes de Laet, Novus orbis seu descriptionis Indiæ occidentalis, Libri XVIII, page 642:
      [] perſuadent enim ſe crebro cum dæmone ſermones ſerere, quem Wattipam nominant, & res geſtas in longinquis regionibus ab ipſo edoceri, nec non futuras præmoneri: agnoſcunt autem hunc ſpiritum malum eſſe; neque injuria, nam haud raro miſerum in modum ab ipſo flagellantur.
      For they persuade themselves that they often hold conversations with a demon whom they call Wattipa, and that they are informed by him of things done in distant regions, and indeed foreshown things to be: but they acknowledge that this spirit is evil; and not without reason, for not infrequently they are scourged by him in a miserable manner.

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Third-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative daemōn daemonēs
Genitive daemonis daemonum
Dative daemonī daemonibus
Accusative daemonem
daemona
daemonēs
daemonas
Ablative daemone daemonibus
Vocative daemōn daemonēs

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  • daemon”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • daemon in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • daemon in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette.
  • daemon”, in The Perseus Project (1999) Perseus Encyclopedia[1]
  • daemon”, in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers