Definition of Diabolical

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, Diabolic, Fiendish, Hellish, Infernal, Satanic, Unholy
Similar to: Evil
Derivative terms: Demon, Devil, Unholiness

Definition of Diabolical

1. Adjective. Extremely wicked or cruel. ¹

2. Adjective. Of or concerning the devil; satanic. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Diabolical

1. [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Diabolical

diabetogenic
diabetogenic factor
diabetogenous
diabetologist
diabetologists
diabetology
diable
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diableries
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diables
diablillo
diablos
diabolatry
diabolic
diabolical (current term)
diabolicalities
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diabolicalness
diabolick
diabolified
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diabolifying
diabolise
diabolism
diabolisms
diabolist
diabolistic

Literary usage of Diabolical

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1. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"The history of the early Church is filled with .,. stances of similar diabolical agency. A quotation from Tertullian will suffice to bring before us the ..."

2. Crabb's English Synonyms by George Crabb (1917)
"These words all mean resembling the devil or the powers of evil, and differ very little in meaning. Devilish and diabolical both come ultimately from Greek ..."

3. Contemporary One-act Plays: With Outline Study of the One-act Play and by Benjamin Roland Lewis (1922)
"... The diabolical Circle is reprinted by special permission of Professor Franz Rickaby, in whose course in dramatic composition (English 36) in the ..."

4. China and the Allies by Arnold Henry Savage Landor (1901)
"CHAPTER XL A primitive kind of missile—diabolical rockets—A frightful ... This was a diabolical attempt to set our buildings on lire on every side and drive ..."

5. A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital by John Beauchamp Jones (1866)
"diabolical order of Governor Baylor.—Secretary's estimate of conscripts and all others, 500000—Bragg retreating from Kentucky.—Bickering between Bragg and ..."

6. A Key to Uncle Tom's Cabin: Presenting the Original Facts and Documents Upon by Harriet Beecher Stowe (1853)
"The annale of human depravity might be safely challenged for a parallel to this unfeeling, bloody and diabolical transaction. You caused your unoffending, ..."

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