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diabolic

[ dahy-uh-bol-ik ]
/ ˌdaɪ əˈbɒl ɪk /
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adjective

having the qualities of a devil; devilish; fiendish; outrageously wicked: a diabolic plot.
pertaining to or actuated by a devil.

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Also di·a·bol·i·cal [dahy-uh-bol-i-kuhl] /ˌdaɪ əˈbɒl ɪ kəl/ .

Origin of diabolic

1350–1400; Middle English diabolik (<Middle French ) <Late Latin diabolicus<Greek diabolikós, equivalent to diábol(os) devil + -ikos-ic

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British Dictionary definitions for diabolic

diabolic
/ (ˌdaɪəˈbɒlɪk) /

adjective

of, relating to, or proceeding from the devil; satanic
befitting a devil; extremely cruel or wicked; fiendish
very difficult or unpleasant

Derived forms of diabolic

diabolically, adverbdiabolicalness, noun

Word Origin for diabolic

C14: from Late Latin diabolicus, from Greek diabolikos, from diabolos devil
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