Definition of Diabolic

1. Adjective. Showing the cunning or ingenuity or wickedness typical of a devil. "A mephistophelian glint in his eye"




2. Adjective. Extremely evil or cruel; expressive of cruelty or befitting hell. "Unholy grimaces"
Exact synonyms: Demonic, Diabolical, Fiendish, Hellish, Infernal, Satanic, Unholy
Similar to: Evil
Derivative terms: Demon, Devil, Unholiness

Definition of Diabolic

1. a. Pertaining to the devil; resembling, or appropriate, or appropriate to, the devil; devilish; infernal; impious; atrocious; nefarious; outrageously wicked; as, a diabolic or diabolical temper or act.

Definition of Diabolic

1. Adjective. Showing wickedness typical of a devil. ¹

2. Adjective. Extremely evil or cruel. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Diabolic

1. devilish [adj] - See also: devilish

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Diabolic

diabetics
diabetogenic
diabetogenic factor
diabetogenous
diabetologist
diabetologists
diabetology
diable
diablerie
diableries
diablery
diables
diablillo
diablos
diabolatry
diabolic (current term)
diabolical
diabolicalities
diabolicality
diabolically
diabolicalness
diabolick
diabolified
diabolifies
diabolify
diabolifying
diabolise
diabolism
diabolisms
diabolist

Literary usage of Diabolic

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1. A History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom by Andrew Dickson White (1896)
"... the Christian world, and the belief in diabolic possession, though certainly dying, flickered up hectic, hot, and malignant through the whole century. ..."

2. A History of the warfare of science with theology in Christendom v. 2 by Andrew Dickson White (1901)
"... the Christian world, and the belief in diabolic possession, though certainly dying, flickered up hectic, hot, and malignant through the whole century. ..."

3. History of English Thought in the Eighteenth Century by Leslie Stephen (1902)
"... disquisitions intended to meet supposed instances of diabolic agency.3 The demoniacs of the New Testament were merely madmen or epileptics ; and the ..."

4. Musical Myths and Facts by Carl Engel (1876)
"diabolic MUSIC. IT is a suggestive fact that those spirits of the mountains, rivers, and of lonely places, which delight in music and dancing, are, ..."

5. The British Novelists: With an Essay, and Prefaces, Biographical and Critical by Barbauld (Anna Letitia), Anna Letitia Aikin Barbauld (1820)
"... and made them stand up, and set them before their monstrous idol, and then set fire to the whole. diabolic sacrifices. They appeared, in short, ..."

6. The Superstitions of Witchcraft by Howard Williams (1865)
"... Attack upon the Witch-Creed in 1677—Witch Trials in England at the end of the Seventeenth Century—French Parliaments vindicate the diabolic ..."

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