demoniac


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demoniac

a person possessed by an evil spirit or demon
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His usual note was this demoniac laughter, yet somewhat like that of a water-fowl; but occasionally, when he had balked me most successfully and come up a long way off, he uttered a long-drawn unearthly howl, probably more like that of a wolf than any bird; as when a beast puts his muzzle to the ground and deliberately howls.
Whether that Hungarian fugitive would ever be caught appeared to Horne Fisher to be highly doubtful; nor can it be pretended that he displayed any very demoniac detective energy in the matter as he leaned back in the boat cushions, smoking, and watching the swaying reeds slide past.
Instead, the moment they saw me, they let out a series of demoniac war-cries, and raising their spears above their heads, charged me.
In this way, the savage chivalry of the village to the number of five hundred, poured forth, helter-skelter, riding and running, with hideous yells and war-whoops, like so many bedlamites or demoniacs let loose.
Several of them had run so fast that their noses were bleeding, and their mouths frothed from the rapidity with which they talked; and with their naked bodies all bedaubed with black, white, [1] and red, they looked like so many demoniacs who had been fighting.
Avorti, "The Vernacularization of Scripture and African Beliefs: The Story of the Gerasene Demoniac among the Ewe of West Africa," in The Bible in Africa: Transactions, Trajectories, and Trends, ed.
Goronwy Rees said of his father: "One saw in front of one's eyes a man quite suddenly transformed into something of a witch doctor, demoniac and possessed, the hwyl instilled fear and terror in me.
Five minutes had not elapsed, when, with a bound and yell such as I had previously seen and heard, another man joined in the demoniac dance.
It is a fight to prove the worth of man, to prove that there is an intrinsic inborn God-given worth to every person, and that even the demoniac teachings of a Hitler cannot destroy that worth.
29) Robert Wrangdon and Dale Peterson, Demoniac Males: Apes and the Origin of Human Violence (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1996), 14.
Jesus and the disciples had weathered a great storm, then Jesus cured a demoniac, caused a pig-herd tragedy, and finally returned to Jewish territory from across the sea (Mark 4:35-5:21).
Or the demoniac who could now be trusted to behave?