from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as demon, 1: usually with reference to the demon of Socrates.


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  • Whereas all religion was public in Athens, Socrates seemed to enjoy a peculiar kind of private piety, relying on what he called his "daimonion", his "inner voice".

    Socrates ? a man for our times Bettany Hughes 2010

  • I, i, ix; Plutarch, "Marc.", xxiii), and a similar meaning is conveyed by the Gospel phrase daimonion echein, when the Pharisees use it of Christ (Matt., xi, 18;

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss 1840-1916 1913

  • I am suspicious of the Socrates who believed in an invisible spirit – a daimonion – that whispered in his head.

    'The Death of Socrates' 2007

  • There were spirits (in Greek daimones) and spiritual beings like Socrates's mysterious voice (daimonion) (Apology, 31d1-4, 40a2-c3).

    Religion and Morality Hare, John 2006

  • Evidence for irreverence was of two types: Socrates did not believe in the gods of the Athenians (indeed, he had said on many occasions that the gods do not lie or do other wicked things, whereas the Olympian gods of the poets and the city were quarrelsome and vindictive); Socrates introduced new divinities (indeed, he insisted that his daimonion had spoken to him since childhood).

    Socrates Nails, Debra 2005

  • That's why poetry is rightly said to be dictated by a daimonion, though its an exaggeration to maintain that he must be an angel.

    Archive 2005-12-01 M-mv 2005

  • That's why poetry is rightly said to be dictated by a daimonion, though its an exaggeration to maintain that he must be an angel.

    Czeslaw Milosz M-mv 2005

  • Socrates also acknowledged a rather strange personal phenomenon, a daimonion or internal voice that prohibited his doing certain things, some trivial and some important, but none related to matters of right and wrong (thus not to be confused with the popular notions of a superego or a conscience); the implication that he was guided by something he regarded as divine or semi-divine was suspect to other Athenians.

    Socrates Nails, Debra 2005

  • And I say too, that every wise man who happens to be a good man is more than human (daimonion) both in life and death, and is rightly called a demon.

    The CRATYLUS Plato 1975

  • In the Septuagint (200-100), the Greek angelos translates mal'ak, while daimon (or neuter daimonion) with the meaning “a spirit less than divine” translates the Hebrew for idols, alien gods, some hostile natural creatures, and natural evils, and theos is used for the one God.



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  • That sulfurous odor is attributable to the -onion in this word.

    April 11, 2011