diabolism

[ dahy-ab-uh-liz-uh m ]
/ daɪˈæb əˌlɪz əm /

noun

Theology.
  1. action aided or caused by the devil; sorcery; witchcraft.
  2. the character or condition of a devil.
  3. a doctrine concerning devils.
  4. a belief in or worship of devils.
action befitting the devil; deviltry.

Nearby words

  1. diable,
  2. diablerie,
  3. diablo,
  4. diabolic,
  5. diabolical,
  6. diabolize,
  7. diabolo,
  8. diacaustic,
  9. diacetate,
  10. diacetic acid

Origin of diabolism

1600–10; < Greek diábol(os) devil + -ism

Related formsdi·ab·o·list, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for diabolism

diabolism

/ (daɪˈæbəˌlɪzəm) /

noun

  1. activities designed to enlist the aid of devils, esp in witchcraft or sorcery
  2. worship of devils or beliefs and teachings concerning them
  3. the nature of devils
character or conduct that is devilish or fiendish; devilry
Derived Formsdiabolist, noun

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Word Origin and History for diabolism

diabolism

n.

c.1600s, from Ecclesiastical Greek diabolos "devil" (see devil (n.)) + -ism.

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