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diablerie

[dee-ah-bluh-ree; French dya-bluh-ree]
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noun, plural di·a·ble·ries [dee-ah-bluh-reez; French dya-bluh-ree] /diˈɑ blə riz; French dya bləˈri/.
  1. diabolic magic or art; sorcery; witchcraft.
  2. the domain or realm of devils.
  3. the lore of devils; demonology.
  4. reckless mischief; deviltry.
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Origin of diablerie

1745–55; < French, Old French, equivalent to diable devil + -erie -ery
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Historical Examples

  • But what most of all attracted him to Capitola was her diablerie.

    Capitola's Peril

    Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth

  • But the fifteenth century did a lot of diablerie in the West.

  • It knows how to respond to the "diablerie" of the abysses with a reciprocal gesture.

    The Complex Vision

    John Cowper Powys

  • Modern tales of diablerie are not so uncommon as might be expected.

  • This scene of diablerie and poisoning, however, did not terminate here.


British Dictionary definitions for diablerie

diablerie

noun
  1. magic or witchcraft connected with devils
  2. demonic lore or esoteric knowledge of devils
  3. the domain of devils
  4. devilry; mischief
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Word Origin

C18: from Old French, from diable devil, from Latin diabolus; see devil
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