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or satanical

[suh-tan-ik, sey-] /səˈtæn ɪk, seɪ-/
of Satan.
characteristic of or befitting Satan; extremely wicked; devillike; diabolical.
Origin of satanic
1660-70; < Medieval Greek satanikós. See Satan, -ic
Related forms
satanically, adverb
satanicalness, noun
unsatanic, adjective
unsatanical, adjective
unsatanically, adverb
2. evil, devilish, hellish, fiendish, infernal. Unabridged
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  • For such lofty aims one ought to be ready to compromise with his satanic majesty even.

    Old Fritz and the New Era Louise Muhlbach
  • The expression upon his face as he said this was truly satanic.

    The Free Lances Mayne Reid
  • Merthyr, however, can show several remarkable edifices, though of a gloomy horrid satanic character.

    Wild Wales George Borrow
  • He saw it in the satanic glance of his eye as they first came face to face.

    The Death Shot Mayne Reid
  • Skulls, angels—and occasionally a figure that looks like his satanic Majesty!

British Dictionary definitions for satanic


of or relating to Satan
supremely evil or wicked; diabolic
Derived Forms
satanically, adverb
satanicalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for satanic

1667 (in "Paradise Lost"), "pertaining to Satan," from Satan + -ic. Meaning "diabolical" is from 1793. Related: Satanical (1540s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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