diabolic

or di·a·bol·i·cal

[ dahy-uh-bol-ik or dahy-uh-bol-i-kuh l ]
/ ˌdaɪ əˈbɒl ɪk or ˌdaɪ əˈbɒl ɪ kəl /

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. diabetogenous,
  2. diabetologist,
  3. diable,
  4. diablerie,
  5. diablo,
  6. diabolical,
  7. diabolism,
  8. diabolize,
  9. diabolo,
  10. diacaustic

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 diabolical

diabolical

/ (ˌdaɪəˈbɒlɪkəl) /

adjective informal

excruciatingly bad; outrageous
(intensifier)a diabolical liberty
Derived Formsdiabolically, adverbdiabolicalness, noun

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 Formsdiabolically, adverbdiabolicalness, noun

Word Origin for diabolic

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

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Word Origin and History for diabolical
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