[dahy-uh-bol-ik or dahy-uh-bol-i-kuh l]
- having the qualities of a devil; devilish; fiendish; outrageously wicked: a diabolic plot.
- pertaining to or actuated by a devil.
Origin of diabolic
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Examples from the Web for diabolic
What diabolic jugglery was at work when the exchange was made?Masterpieces of Mystery
Everybody watched with wonder this play, as of some large and diabolic toy.Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
The table seemed to wake to diabolic energy under her palms.The Shadow World</p>
Understand, I do not say that it was not spiritual or diabolic.The Innocence of Father Brown
G. K. Chesterton
He had charmed her from her home by the exercise of diabolic arts.A Black Adonis</p>
Linn Boyd Porter
- of, relating to, or proceeding from the devil; satanic
- befitting a devil; extremely cruel or wicked; fiendish
- very difficult or unpleasant
C14: from Late Latin diabolicus, from Greek diabolikos, from diabolos devil
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Word Origin and History for diabolic
late 14c., from Old French diabolique (13c.), from Late Latin diabolicus, from Ecclesiastical Greek diabolikos "devilish," from diabolos (see devil (n.)).
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