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δαίμων

Ancient GreekEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Indo-European *deh₂-i- (to divide, cut), whence also δαίομαι (daíomai, to divide). For similar semantic development compare Old Persian 𐎲𐎥 (baga, god), Sanskrit भग (bhága, dispenser, patron) (usually applied to gods) beside Avestan [script needed] (baga-, part) and Sanskrit भजति (bhajati, to divide, apportion).

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NounEdit

δαίμων (daímōn) (genitive δαίμονος) m, f, 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

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Usage notesEdit

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

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