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diabolic

or di·a·bol·i·cal

[dahy-uh-bol-ik or dahy-uh-bol-i-kuh l]
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adjective
  1. having the qualities of a devil; devilish; fiendish; outrageously wicked: a diabolic plot.
  2. pertaining to or actuated by a devil.

Origin of diabolic

1350–1400; Middle English diabolik (< Middle French) < Late Latin diabolicus < Greek diabolikós, equivalent to diábol(os) devil + -ikos -ic
Related formsdi·a·bol·i·cal·ly, adverbdi·a·bol·i·cal·ness, nounhy·per·di·a·bol·i·cal, adjectivehy·per·di·a·bol·i·cal·ly, adverbhy·per·di·a·bol·i·cal·ness, nounnon·di·a·bol·ic, adjectivenon·di·a·bol·i·cal, adjectivenon·di·a·bol·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·di·a·bol·i·cal·ness, nounsu·per·di·a·bol·i·cal, adjectivesu·per·di·a·bol·i·cal·ly, adverbsu·per·di·a·bol·i·cal·ness, noun
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  • My fancies have not deceived me—I love you ecstatically, diabolically, as a madman might!

    Poor Folk

    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

  • Ah, she had always been diabolically clever, unscrupulously ambitious!

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    Israel Zangwill

  • Yes, the device was simple, diabolically simple, and adequate.

  • These Robots, diabolically developed, were upon the verge of revolt.

  • Diabolically clever, too, in his way, but an idealist at heart.

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British Dictionary definitions for diabolically

diabolic

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or proceeding from the devil; satanic
  2. befitting a devil; extremely cruel or wicked; fiendish
  3. very difficult or unpleasant
Derived Formsdiabolically, adverbdiabolicalness, noun

Word Origin

C14: from Late Latin diabolicus, from Greek diabolikos, from diabolos devil
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for diabolically

diabolic

adj.

late 14c., from Old French diabolique (13c.), from Late Latin diabolicus, from Ecclesiastical Greek diabolikos "devilish," from diabolos (see devil (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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