`demonology’

Demonology is an orthodox branch of theology and it started off as the study of the devil, witches, and other spirits thought to be evil. Nowadays, the term is being used to refer to the people or groups of people we hate. As human beings we like a certain group of people and hate others. For example, as far as the communists are concerned, all capitalists are evil because they are only interested in exploiting the working class. College students, on the other hand, view the administration with suspicion. This list of enemies that each of us has can also be referred to as demonology. For example, you can say, the journal’s demonology expanded to include politicians, government officials, and communists.

Source: The Hindu ‘Know Your English’ Series, March 27, 2006.

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