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[seyt-n-iz-uh m] /ˈseɪt nˌɪz əm/
the worship of Satan or the powers of evil.
a travesty of Christian rites in which Satan is worshiped.
diabolical or satanic disposition, behavior, or activity.
Origin of Satanism
First recorded in 1555-65; Satan + -ism
Related forms
Satanist, noun Unabridged
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  • Now from lofty Mysticism to base Satanism there is but one step.

    L-bas J. K. Huysmans
  • Illuminism, Cabalism, and even Satanism are still realities.

  • It had besides a fin de sicle flavouring of Satanism and decadence.

    The Inferno August Strindberg
  • "For this, basically, is what Satanism is," said Durtal to himself.

    L-bas J. K. Huysmans
  • He won't even give us time to get our breath, but must be dogging us about Satanism.

    L-bas J. K. Huysmans
  • Yes, for the time being I am up to my eyes in Satanism with that man.

    L-bas J. K. Huysmans
  • I asked him if he had any material on the Satanism of the present day.

    L-bas J. K. Huysmans
British Dictionary definitions for Satanism


the worship of Satan
a form of such worship which includes blasphemous or obscene parodies of Christian prayers, etc
a satanic disposition or satanic practices
Derived Forms
Satanist, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for Satanism

1560s, "satanic disposition," from Satan + -ism. Applied 1820s-30s to the poetry of Byron, etc. Meaning "worship of Satan" dates from 1895, with reference to France, where it was said to be active at that time.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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