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Demon

(Greek daimon and daimonion, Lat. daemonium).

The word demon is apparently derived from daio "to divide" or "apportion", originally meant a divine being; it was occasionally applied to the higher gods and goddesses, but was more generally used to denote spiritual beings of a lower order coming between gods and men. It is now practically restricted to the evil spirits.

A similar change and deterioration of meaning has taken place in the Iranian languages in the case of the word daeva. Etymologically this is identical with the Sanskrit deva, by which it is rendered in Neriosengh's version of the Avesta. For the original meaning of the word is "shining one", and it comes from a primitive Aryan root div, which is likewise the source of the Greek Zeus and the Latin deus. But whereas the devas of Indian theology are good and beneficent gods, the daevas of the Avesta are hateful spirits of evil.

Demon is often confused with devil as both qualify the evil spirits or fallen angels. The precise distinction between the two terms in ecclesiastical usage may be found in the decree of the Fourth Lateran Council:

    "Diabolus enim et alii daemones" (The devil and the other demons), means that the chief of the demons is called the devil, also found in Matthew 25:41, "the Devil and his angels". This distinction is observed in the Vulgate New Testament, where diabolus represents the Greek diabolos and in almost every instance refers to Satan himself, while his subordinate angels are described, in accordance with the Greek, as daemones or daemonia.  It does not  indicate a difference of nature; for Satan is clearly included among the daemones in James 2:19 and in Luke 11:15-18.

 

 

Devil

“Devil” comes from diabolus (diabolos -- diaballein), the Greek word diabollos which  means a slanderer, or accuser, and directly refers to the rebellion of the fallen angel and God’s judgment

    "The accuser [ho kategoros] of our brethren is cast forth, who accused them before our God day and night" (Apocalypse 12:10).

It thus answers to the Hebrew name Satan which signifies an adversary, or an accuser.

 

 

Names

    Satan = The accuser
    The Devil = The slanderer
    Belial = The wicked one
    Beelzebub = Lord of flies
    Apollyon & Abaddon = Destroyer
    Mephistopheles
    Lucifer = Son of the Morning, Angel of light
    The Prince of demons
    The Prince of Darkness
    The Prince of this world or Age
    His Satanic Majesty
    The Prince of Hell
    The Prince of Pandemonium
    The (Arch-) Fiend
    The Great Dragon
    That Ancient Serpent
    Murderer
    Roaring lion
    The Adversary
    The Father of Lies
    The Angel of the Abyss
    The Oppressor of the Saints
    The Sower of Discord
    The Enemy of all Good
    The Prince of the Power of the Air
    A Liar and Deceiver
    An Imitator
    The Proud One 
    The Tempter
    The Evil One

 

 

Familiar names

    Old Scratch  (see the story Goodman Brown, by Nathaniel Hawthorne)
    Leonard (France, Germany, Switzerland)
    Le Cornu (France)
    The Hooven Cloof
    Pocker
    Old Horney
    Old Gooseberry
    Old Harry
    Old Nick
    Mr Sam

     

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