α. 16 energumenus, 15–16 18 energumeni (plural).
β. 16 18 energumene, 16– energumen.
γ. 18–19 energumenon, 19– energumenos.(Show Less)
1. A person thought to be possessed by a devil or demon. Now chiefly in historical contexts.
2. Originally: an adherent of a Christian sect regarded as heretical, esp. one who claims prophetic inspiration or divine ecstasy (now rare). Now more generally: an enthusiast, exponent, or devotee of someone or something regarded as wicked or dangerous.
ˌenerguˈmenical adj. [compare post-classical Latin energumenicus (1571 in a work title, or earlier)] rare that is or resembles an energumen; possessed by a devil or demon; (also) characteristic of an energumen.
† ˌenerˈgumenist n. Obsolete a person thought to be possessed by a devil or demon; = sense 1.
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